When the contents of a tooth’s pulp chamber has been damaged through injury, infection or disease, having root canal treatment can often save the tooth.
The pulp chamber contains pulp, blood vessels, and nerve endings (which is why toothache is often the indicator for the need for root canal work).
If any infection is not treated, a dental abscess may form, leading to swelling and infection of the jaw bone. When this occurs the only alternative to root canal therapy is removal of the tooth and the possible subsequent need for a dental implant or bridge work.
Dr Vinny Ankaran here at Sunshine Smiles in Coolum Beach has a special interest in Endodontics and uses the latest techniques and state-of-the-art technology in root canal procedures.
No longer the daunting procedure of the past, modern technology advances and Dr Vinny’s highly skilled approach make root canal treatment a simple process.
Symptoms of pulp disease or damage
As mentioned, a diseased tooth pulp may lead to infection or inflammation. Symptoms may include:
- spontaneous or unprovoked pain
- pain or sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
- loose tooth
- gum swelling near the tooth
- swelling of the face
It is possible for the pulp to be diseased without any of these symptoms, but it will be detected through dental x-rays or special tests.
If you are experiencing toothache, extreme sensitivity, or swelling of the jaw area, it is important to contact your dentist as soon as possible, before the infection spreads further and pain increases.
At Sunshine Smiles, your affordable dentist, our professional, friendly team is on hand to take your call. We'll accommodate you as soon as possible and welcome your call today on (07) 5446-4598.