The main purpose of root canal treatment (endodontic treatment) is to save a tooth that has been damaged badly due to decay, disease or injury.
A tooth consists of a crown, a root and also contains a hollow centre known as the pulp chamber which extends down to form the root canal. Cracks and otherwise damaged teeth can lead to a build up of bacteria and possible infection to the pulp area. Endodontics is the process of removing infected pulp to protect the integrity and strength of a tooth before it suffers further and requires extraction.
Symptoms of damage:
A diseased tooth may cause inflammation or infection. The symptoms of a damaged or diseased tooth may include:
- Pain when biting or chewing
- Loosening of the tooth
- Sensitivity to hot and cold drinks and foods
- Swelling of the gum near the affected tooth
- Oozing of pus surrounding the affected tooth
- Facial swelling.
Sometimes, a tooth may become damaged or diseased without presenting any symptoms. In these cases, the problem is usually diagnosed by x-rays during a dental check-up or treatment for other dental concerns.
If you are currently experiencing any of the above symptoms, we highly recommend contacting us on (02) 9327 6162 to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. Early treatment may result in saving your tooth through endodontic treatment.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.