Root canal therapy involves the removal of the inflamed/infected nerve tissue from your tooth’s root canals. The root of your tooth houses the nerves and blood tissues that run through a small, narrow canal and serve to nourish and help the tooth to develop. This tissue is known as the pulp.
The pulp is normally protected by the surrounding outer enamel, but it can become inflamed or infected as a result of spreading decay, cracks or fractures, trauma or deep fillings. When this pulp becomes inflamed the tooth becomes incredibly sensitive to cold and hot sensations or to touch. It can be particularly painful, often waking patients at night and affecting their ability to chew, incurring high amounts of pain.
If you are experiencing acute infection or inflammation of the pulp, you will need to contact us immediately on 9158 6461 for an urgent same day appointment to avoid infection development. At North Sydney Dental Practice we believe that retaining your existing natural tooth is superior to extraction or getting a prosthetic tooth. Root canal therapy is a safe and effective way to save teeth in the majority of cases.