Root Canal Therapy Caringbah
Sometimes it may so happen that the decay in your tooth has advanced to such an extent that it has affected the inner dental pulp and the roots of the tooth. In such an advanced situation, the only option left to save your tooth is by undergoing a root canal treatment.
Many people are apprehensive about the root canal procedure, but rest assured it is not as uncomfortable or painful as you might imagine. With modern advances in dentistry and anaesthetics, root canal treatment can be performed without pain.
At The Caringbah Dentists, root canal therapy is one of the most common procedures that we perform on a routine basis.
Do you need a root canal treatment?
There are some tell-tale signs that indicate that you might possibly need a root canal procedure immediately. If you find an abscess around the tooth root or the gum tissues surrounding the tooth, then it is an indicator of severe infection. This pus filled abscess will put pressure on the dental nerve and also erode the tooth tissue. If neglected, this abscess will lead to the loss of your tooth, and the infection may even spread into the blood and jaw bone.
The following are some signs of a dental abscess:
- Sharp pain or dull ache in or around your tooth
- Severe and prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold temperature
- Fever or chills
- Extreme discomfort when you put pressure on the tooth to chew your food
- Lymph nodes on either side of the jaw becoming swollen
- Visible appearance of a pocket of pus on the gum line
It is not necessary that you experience all of the symptoms above. In some cases, you may not have any visible or apparent signs of a dental abscess, what your dentist may be able to detect it in the early stages itself during a dental consultation. Caught at this stage, it will be easier to administer treatment.
Root canal procedure
The tooth and the gum area around the tooth are first numbed with the help of a local anaesthetic before starting the procedure. Then a small hole is drilled in the centre of the tooth. Through this hole, the infected pulp is scooped out and the area is sterilized. The hollowed out tooth is then packed with an inert material to prevent further infection. If required, a dental crown may be used to cap off the root canal treated tooth and restore normal functionality.
You will recover from the procedure fairly quickly. We may prescribe some pain killers to deal with the pain after the anaesthetic wears off. Be careful not to apply too much pressure on the treated tooth for a 24-48 hours. Within a few days you will be back to normal.
To learn more about the root canal procedure or different options to treat tooth decay and cavities, call us to schedule a dental consultation. Our friendly team will fix an appointment at the time that is convenient for you.
Call us on (02) 9525 0595 to schedule a visit.