Root Canal Treatment
Root canal therapy, also simply called a ‘root canal’, is a treatment used to repair and save a severely damaged or infected tooth. Typically a root canal is performed as an alternative to an extraction. The term ‘root canal’ derives from the cleaning of the canals in a tooth’s root.
Modern dentistry has allowed dentists to perform root canals with more dexterity and comfort than ever before. If you are worried about the pain associated with a root canal, we will help you feel completely at ease during your treatment—you likely won’t even feel anything!
What Is a Root Canal?
The root canal is the space located inside of the tooth that holds the pulp and nerve. When the pulp becomes infected, it may be necessary to remove it to save the tooth from further damage and relieve pain. When a patient has an infection, it can be very painful and sensitive, and the infection can even spread to other areas of the oral cavity. Root canal therapy is the most effective way to treat the infection and preserve your oral health.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy consists of the dentist administering an anaesthetic, so the patient doesn’t experience pain or discomfort during the procedure. Once the patient is numb, the dentist creates a small access hole in the tooth and removes the infected pulp. The dentist then meticulously cleans the tooth’s interior and places a medication inside the tooth to prevent further infection. Finally, the tooth is filled with a durable, rubber-like material called gutta-percha and then restored with a filling or a full-coverage crown to protect the tooth’s structural integrity.
Common Signs of a Root Canal Infection
Root canal infections can pose a risk to your oral and physical health, if not promptly treated by a dentist. The infection can lead to abscesses, and it can also get into the bloodstream and lead to a heart attack, stroke or sepsis.
The common signs of a root canal infection include:
- Severe tooth pain, which can radiate, or be difficult to localise to a tooth
- Red, swollen or tender gum tissue
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Tooth discolouration
- Abscess formation, which may appear as a lump or 'pimple' on the gums near the infected tooth
- Foul taste or odour in your mouth
If you experience any of these symptoms, have a toothache or suspect you have an oral infection, we ask that you please contact our friendly team at Daley Street Dental so we can provide immediate treatment.
Gentle Root Canal Therapy in Alstonville
Our team at Daley Street Dental diagnoses, treats and helps prevent root canal infections in a comfortable and relaxing environment. If you require root canal therapy, one of our dentists will explain all aspects of the procedure to you, including benefits, risks, preparation and recovery.
To learn more about root canals in Alstonville, we invite you to contact our dental clinic today.