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.
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Why do you need a Root Canal Crown?
Root canal procedures will save a tooth from further decay; however, as the pulp is removed from the tooth, it is no longer a living tooth. During the procedure enamel and dentin (part of the structure below the enamel) are removed, further causing the tooth to weaken. As the tooth is now weaker, over time the possibility of fracture becomes more likely. By having a crown, the risk of fracture is no longer present and the natural appearance of your teeth is restored. Having a crown fitted is a simple procedure and it will be designed to fit in with your existing teeth.
What are the benefits?
The benefits are many, as is the comfort and confidence that comes with having uniform and healthy teeth. Aside from having to worry about a weak tooth when you are chewing on your food, here are a few more benefits:
- Natural looking teeth – Having natural looking teeth is great for your confidence and will allow you to smile confidently without having to feel self-conscious. A crown will eliminate this problem and give you a smile you’ll love to show off.
- Prevent further infection – After surgery, the tooth is left weakened and exposed to further infection that could spread to other teeth. A crown will provide a strong and healthy tooth and prevent the risk of infection spreading.
- Prevent tooth loss – As the tooth is weaker, eventually it will succumb to wear and tear and there is a good possibility it will have to be removed. Having a crown fitted will avoid this problem, allowing you to hold onto your natural tooth for longer.
Speak To A Toothsavers Dentist If You THink You May Need A Root Canal
Having root canal surgery sounds a lot scarier than it actually it is, especially at our practice. Our dentists care about the comfort and safety of our patients and we do everything we can to ensure our practice is calm and welcoming. Your dentist will sit with you and explain everything you need to know about a root canal crown so you’re fully informed before treatment. Contact us today to book a consultation. Read Less