Root Canals

ROOT CANAL THERAPY

Root canal therapy has been designed to both restore function to your teeth, and more importantly relieve pain.

Our dentists use modern dentistry which means that painful root canal therapy is thankfully a thing of the past. Most patients usually don’t experience any more pain and discomfort than they would during a regular filling treatment,

A root canal therapy treatment can be undertaken in either two or three treatments.

This depends on both the condition and size of your tooth.

Root Canals need to be undertaken for any of the following circumstances:

– Deep decay (which can be detected on X-Rays)

– A chip or crack in the tooth

– Multiple dental procedures are undertaken on the tooth

– An injury to the tooth which caused no external damage

What happens if the infection or inflammation is left untreated?

It will lead to an abscess forming at the root of your tooth. If this is left untreated, it will then cause severe pain and even facial swelling.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU NEED ROOT CANAL THERAPY

If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms, then it’s important that you see your dentist or oral health therapist immediately, as you may require root canal therapy.

The symptoms include:

– Pain

– Tenderness to touch

– Swollen gums

– Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold

– Discolouration

These are only some of the potential symptoms and signs. It’s also possible that you will not be displaying any of the symptoms, but still, require root canal therapy treatment. Always consult with your dentist if you are unsure about anything.

HOW ROOT CANAL THERAPY SAVES YOUR TOOTH

Root canal therapy removes any inflamed or infected pulp. Then it cleans the inside of the root canal. After this has been completed, the root canals then get filled and sealed.

NEXT STEPS

The next step is to have a follow-up appointment. The dentist will place a dental crown on your tooth. This helps to protect your teeth, and will also restore it back to its full function.

If you don’t have a crown, then the tooth will become really weak, and it is more vulnerable to either fracturing or completely breaking.

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