Root Canal Treatment
Swelling, tooth pain and sensitivity could point to an infection deep within the tooth. To prevent tooth loss, our Toothsavers Dentists team performs root canal treatment to help patients regain their comfort and health. Treating and restoring natural teeth is usually the most conservative approach.
Many patients would prefer to avoid root canal treatment at all costs because they have a reputation for being painful, lengthy procedures. You will be happy to discover that when performed by our gentle dentists who use the latest rotary instruments, your root canal treatment should feel no different than a common filling, and it can save your smile.
Signs That Indicate the Need for Root Canal Therapy
Knowing the signs and symptoms of an infected tooth will empower you to make informed choices when it comes to arranging an emergency dental visit.
Common symptoms include:
- Inflammation around the tooth
- Swelling of the face or jaw
- Discoloured tooth
- Sensitivity to heat
Other signs can include a small pimple-like spot on the gums and a foul taste in the mouth.
If you suspect you have a tooth infection, contacting your Mount Annan emergency dentist right away could make the difference between a root canal and extraction. If you do not yet have a regular dentist in the area, we warmly welcome new patients and treat dental emergencies on the same day whenever possible.
The Root Canal Procedure
We want our patients to rest assured that the dentist will make sure your tooth is wholly anaesthetised before we begin treatment. Our entire staff is reassuring and professional and will always prioritise a positive experience, even when it is unexpected.
Your dentist will make a small access into the tooth, much like removing a cavity, and completely clean out diseased tissue, nerve fibres and bacteria. They will then place medication to assist the body’s natural healing processes and seal the tooth to keep out food particles and bacteria.
It is completely normal for the tooth to feel sensitive for a few days as it heals and inflammation resolves. If you have any concerns or questions, you are always welcome to give us a call.
Dental Crowns to Protect Compromised Teeth
After root canal treatment, the tooth often becomes brittle and more prone to fractures. To avoid damage to the tooth, our dentists will place a dental crown on the tooth, encasing it and protecting it from the force of chewing.
Do You Have a Toothache or Swelling?
If you are not sure if you need a dental appointment, give our friendly, professional dental clinic a call. We can help you decide if a trip to the clinic is necessary and put your mind at ease.