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Root canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that replaces a tooth's damaged or infected nerve with a special sealing material called Gutta Percha. Damage to the nerve may be caused by untreated dental decay, decay beneath a filling, tooth damage due to trauma, severe tooth grinding (bruxism) or gum disease. The procedure is known as endodontic treatment.

 

Symptoms of tooth nerve damage or disease

A diseased tooth nerve may cause inflammation or infection. The symptoms of a damaged or diseased tooth nerve may include:

  • Unprovoked or spontaneous pain
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold drinks and foods
  • Pain when biting or chewing
  • Loosening of the tooth
  • Swelling of the gum near the affected tooth
  • Facial swelling.

 

Sometimes, tooth nerves may become damaged or diseased without presenting any symptoms. In these cases, the problem is usually diagnosed by special tests or x-rays during a dental check-up or treatment for other dental concerns that can be done at our dental clinic.

 

Causes of tooth nerve damage or disease

There are many events that can lead to disease or damage to dental nerve. Some of these include:

  • Deep-seated and untreated dental decay
  • Decay beneath a deep filling
  • Trauma that damages a tooth
  • Habitual tooth grinding (bruxism)
  • Advanced gum disease.

 

Extractions

Dental extractions are sometimes necessary, at Ormond Dental Clinic we endeavor to make this experience as atraumatic and pleasant as possible. Our caring staff will be able to assist you with any questions you may have prior to or following the procedure.

 

Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth removal is not something that most people look forward too. At Ormond Dental we have had extensive experience in assessing and dealing with wisdom teeth.

 

Wisdom teeth are the very back teeth on either side of the upper and lower jaws, and are more correctly described as the third molar teeth. They are the last teeth to erupt into the mouth, usually between the ages of 17 and 21.

 

It is quite common for there to be insufficient space in the jaws to allow wisdom teeth to take their correct position, and consequently they remain partly or completely below the surface of the gum. Sometimes they may be deeply buried inside the jawbone. Wisdom teeth, which have failed to develop into a normal position, are commonly referred to as being “impacted”. If it is necessary to have these teeth removed, the first step in the assessment process is a full mouth radiograph called an OPG (Orthopantogram), followed by a consultation with your referring dentist to discuss this further.