Root canal treatment is the dental procedure used to restore a tooth that would otherwise require removal
Thanks to modern dentistry, the formally dreaded root canal treatment is now a simple, virtually painless and relatively quick procedure. Yearly, throughout Australia, hundreds of teeth are saved by root canal therapy.
Root canal therapy is the treatment of a diseased or infected tooth that has nerve damage. Root canal therapy is less invasive, less complicated and also less expensive than an extraction and replacement. It also preserves your valuable natural tooth.
What is involved in root canal therapy?
This treatment is performed under a local anaesthetic and is recommended when decay has penetrated the nerve inside the tooth or the tooth has become infected.
The treatment itself involves a number of stages to remove the infected tissue inside the tooth’s pulp chamber. The cleaning of this internal chamber is completed carefully, as all of the infection must be removed before it is filled with an inert material. In many cases, we recommend that a crown is placed over a root canal treated tooth to ensure the tooth is completely protected from any further damage.
This treatment option is safe and made comfortable by using specially developed instruments and anaesthetic. Without root canal treatment, many infected teeth would require removal; therefore many patients credit their smile to this procedure.
When is root canal therapy needed?
It is necessary to undergo root canal therapy when the pulp of your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The pulp of a tooth is in the centre of the tooth underneath the enamel and dentin layer in the pulp chamber. The size of this pulp chamber will differ in each tooth.
The inflammation or infection can create deep decay and even cracks and chips in the tooth. If this pulp inflammation is left untouched, a large abscess can form that may cause severe pain and tooth loss.
How do you know if you need root canal therapy?
There are a few symptoms and signs that are indicators that your tooth may be infected or diseased. However, the best way to know if you do need root canal therapy is to let the dentists at All About Teeth asses you.
Some indicators patients may experience can include:
- Any swelling around the root of the tooth can be a signal of a brewing infection
- Severe tooth pain when any pressure is applied
- Your painful tooth looks discoloured
- A small bump has appeared on the gums near the painful tooth
- Sensitivity in the tooth to hot or cold temperatures and the pain lingers
- Spontaneous pain around the tooth
These symptoms may be a sign of another dental issue like gum disease so if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact the Townsville dentists at All About Teeth today.
Root canal therapy often gets a bad rap, but its no worse than having a deep cavity filled and with our range of pain management techniques, the treatment is virtually pain-free. A root canal treatment is a vital procedure to keep your mouth healthy and free from an infection.
If you are looking for a root canal treatment in Townsville, All About Teeth is always here to help.