What Alternatives Do I have to a Root Canal Treatment?

If you suspect you have an infected tooth, you might wonder if root canal treatment might be in your future. Do you have another option? Yes! One such alternative has been in existence for decades, but has only recently come to be more effective due to advancements in materials. This process is called pulp capping.

Pulp capping can help patients whose root infections have not yet reached the tooth’s nerve. Root infections begin when bacteria enters the pulp of the tooth through a crack or a large cavity. In a standard root canal procedure, the pulp and nerve of the tooth is hollowed out, cleaned and sealed, typically with a crown restoration.

With pulp capping, the nerve is preserved and the tooth is often repaired with a filling instead of a crown. Pulp capping allows the dentist to clean and protect the pulp, defending it from infection with medicine. With a successful pulp cap, the dentin of the tooth begins to regrow over the pulp cap. Advancements in the sealants used during these types of procedures has allowed for a greater percentage of success.

If you have a toothache, it’s important to see your dentist immediately. Pulp capping has a narrow window in which it can be performed. If your tooth is too infected, the pulp and nerve of your tooth may already be infected, and it’s too late for pulp capping to be effective.

A pulp cap is a far less invasive procedure than a root canal treatment or a tooth extraction, and there is less recovery time and tooth sensitivity following the treatment.

If you suspect you may have a tooth in trouble, talk to your dentist now. You might be able to save yourself a root canal treatment.

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Shop 118, 8 Quay Street
Haymarket NSW 2000
P. 02 9281 0007
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Shop 5, 23-26 Station Street
Kogarah NSW 2217
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Meadowbank, NSW 2114
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We provide on-site emergency dental treatments to patients suffering from tooth pain. We are here for your emergency dental treatment. To come to our dental clinic from the following listing may take up to 1 hour depending on the traffic. The following is a list of the nearby suburbs in the Sydney CBD area from Village Dental Clinic, Haymarket NSW 2000. The nearby suburbs are Surry Hills, Town Hall, Broadway, Wynyard, Museum, Redfern, Waterloo, Ultimo, Chippendale, Pyrmont, Glebe, Forest Lodge, Woolloomooloo, Potts Point, Kings Cross, Elizabeth Bay, The Rocks, Millers Point, Broadway. Additional Languages Spoken by our dentists: Nepali, Indian / Hindi, Arabic.

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