Dental pulp is the soft tissue in the canal that runs through the centre of a tooth. Tooth pulp can be damaged from injury or extensive untreated decay. This damage limits the supply of blood to the pulp causing infection that results in an abscess and tooth pain. If the tooth is not treated the infection can spread via the root canal into the bone and surrounding tissue.
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that replaces a tooth’s damaged or infected pulp with a filling. The diseased or injured pulp is removed, the root canal system thoroughly cleaned and then sealed. The procedure is also known as endodontic treatment. Success rates for root canal treatment are generally good depending on the severity of disease. Most patients who undergo root canal treatment can expect a functional tooth after treatment. Maintaining good oral hygiene after the procedure is essential.
Root canal treatments at Balmain Dentist are usually conducted over three appointments. In the first appointment we remove the infected pulp and clean the canals. In the second appointment the canals are further cleaned to ensure all the damaged pulp is removed and in the final appointment the canals are filled permanently.