There’s no need to worry if you have to get a root canal. Millions of teeth around the world are saved each year with root canal treatment. Root canal treatment saves teeth that have been damaged by decay, disease or injury.
Instead of removal patients can keep the damaged tooth instead of having to go through a tooth extraction.
Here at My Dentist, we strive to make you feel that no matter the pain, discomfort and embarrassment you feel, we’re on your side. Our office is a judgement-free zone, and our promise is we will help you make the best decision for you and your teeth, making the experience as comfortable as possible.
What is a root canal, anyway? Every tooth has a an inner part called a root canal inside of it. Inside of the canals sit dental pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels. That dental pulp can become diseased causing toothaches or abscesses. In order to save the tooth, root canal treatment is performed.
Once local anaesthetic is applied the top of the tooth is drilled to create access to the root canal. The pulp affected by disease, damage or decay is removed, then the canal is disinfected. After being washed with a sterilising solution and prepped, the inside of the tooth is replaced with a filling and then sealed. Depending on your situation a crown might be recommended to reinforce and seal the tooth further.
In the event of infection your dentist may prescribe antibiotics.
Signs you need a root canal:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold that lingers or hurts after the stimuli has been removed
- Significant tooth pain while eating or when pressure is applied to the area
- Intense pain in your ear
- Darkening of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the gums near the area of teeth pain.
Call My Dentist today at 09 218 8988 to see how we can help you with your root canal pain and more.
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