Root Canal Treatment
The dental pulp, the innermost part of a tooth, contains the nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue important to maintain the health of a tooth.
But what happens if the pulp becomes infected? Your Gold Coast Dentist can help! Root canal treatment saves the tooth from extraction, and halts further damage.
If you feel pain when you eat hot or cold food, then it is highly likely that you have infected pulp. Come and see Your Gold Coast Dentist right away for comprehensive treatment.
The Dental Pulp
Each tooth houses a dental pulp. The pulp chamber contains the pulp, and continues all the way down to the apex of the tooth.
Because it contains the nerves, the pulp reacts to extreme temperature changes in the mouth. The blood vessels moisten the tooth and keep it from being brittle. Before complete eruption, the developing tooth gets its nutrition from the pulp.
When the pulp is exposed, the nerve the reacts to temperature changes resulting in pain and inconvenience.
What Damages The Pulp?
The enamel (outermost layer of the tooth) is the hardest substance in the body. Still, it can be damaged by a number of things.
The first one is tooth decay. Acid formed by bacteria, which lives on plaque and thrives on starchy and carbohydrate-containing food, attacks the enamel and corrodes it. Proper amounts of fluoride and good oral hygiene reverse this through the remineralisation process. Without enamel rebuilding, the enamel continues to corrode until the pulp is exposed. Another activity that corrodes the enamel is abrasive brushing.
Tooth decay is another culprit. Cavities form on the tooth until they reach the pulp.
Accidents causing cracks and fractures are another possible cause of infected pulp.
What Happens To Untreated Dental Pulp?
The infection can form dental abscesses, which can cause life-threatening conditions if untreated. The jawbone can be harmed during the process.
A dental abscess can cause oral sepsis, reach the sinus and result in purulent sinusitis, or even spread to the brain (meningitis or brain abscess).
Symptoms That You Need Root Canal Therapy
Infected pulp comes with the following conditions:
- Severe toothache
- Tooth sensitivity
- Darkening of the affected tooth
- Inflammation of the surrounding gums
- Dental abscess
However there are some cases in which no symptoms are felt. Hence a routine dental check-up is necessary.
The Root Canal Treatment
In a root canal treatment, the affected tooth is treated by removing the infected pulp. The chamber is cleaned and a dental filling is placed. To reinforce strength, a dental crown is often capped over the damaged tooth.
A root canal treatment is not painful. Your dentist will administer a local anaesthesia to numb you against discomfort during the procedure.
This dental treatment is one of the most common procedures done in our dental office. The success rate of saving teeth is about 90%.
Root Canal Therapy At Your Gold Coast Dentist
If you feel pain whenever your teeth are exposed to temperature changes, then have them checked right away. Time is of the essence when it comes to saving your teeth.
Call (07) 5594 6699 or visit us at Gold Coast Parkwood Piazza, Shop 10/300 Olsen Avenue in Parkwood on the Gold Coast.
Evening and Saturday appointments available!