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Root Canal at Parramatta Dental Clinic
If you have an abscessed tooth, you know the throbbing pain and swollen gums that accompany it. If a tooth has an infection, it can spread deeply into the roots and pulp of the tooth. A root canal is used to save your tooth from being extracted and make sure that the infection can’t spread any further.
The Symptoms You Might Experience
When the pulp of your tooth is damaged, you might experience specific symptoms. Most commonly, the signs that you may require a root canal include:
• Oversensitivity to hot and cold
• Teeth that ache when you chew
• Inflamed gums
• Facial swelling
• Pus surrounding the tooth
• Tooth discolouration
• Loose teeth
• Pain in a tooth
In the not too distant past, the term “root canal,” brought to mind images of a painful procedure. That’s not the case anymore as having a root canal is no more painful than getting a tooth filled.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal removes infected tissue from the roots of the tooth beneath the gums. This procedure is performed to preserve the part of the tooth above the gums. It also minimises the risk of further damage. Perhaps the most significant benefit of a root canal is it prevents the loss of the tooth entirely, which would require more extensive and expensive treatment.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
Depending on how severe the infection is, your dentist may prescribe an antibiotic for the infection before performing the root canal. Before beginning the procedure we will administer a local anaesthetic.
Next, your dentist will remove the damaged or infected nerve tissue and fill the infected root with an antibiotic to address any remaining infection. The dentist then will pack the tooth root with filling material. Lastly, a crown is then placed on the tooth to protect it, because it can be weak and unstable due to the damage caused by the infection. The entire process usually takes place over a few visits.
Following your procedure, you may have some sensitivity in your tooth for a few days. However, you can get relief from any discomfort with over-the-counter pain medication.