Frankton Dental

Root Canal Therapy

 

Are You Concerned about Root Canal Treatment?

We use root canal therapy to save teeth that otherwise may require a dental extraction. Many patients would rather save their natural teeth than face ongoing treatment to replace a missing tooth or suffer with a gap in their smiles.

Root canals have long been one of the most feared procedures in dentistry.

Today, however, dentistry has evolved to the point where root canal therapy is no longer the painful procedure is once was. It's time to look past the bad reputation of the root canal and see if for the valuable, pain-relieving procedure it actually is.

Root Canal Therapy

Your root canal is the area of your tooth that houses the pulp and nerve. Sometimes this part of the tooth becomes infected. This can happen due to deep dental decay, trauma, a clenching and grinding habit, or for completely unknown reasons.

When this happens, not only is the tooth painful and sensitive, the infection can also spread to other areas of the mouth as well as other teeth and put your oral health at risk. The most effective way to treat this infection is with root canal therapy.

What to Expect during Root Canal Treatment

Once the anaesthetic takes effect and you are completely numb, your dentist will create a small access in your tooth and remove any infected tissue. The interior of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned out to make sure that no infection is left. An antibiotic medication may be placed inside the tooth to prevent further infection. To complete the entire root canal treatment and place a strong filling over the top of the tooth can often take more than one appointment.

After enough time to heal properly, we will usually place a dental crown over your root canal tooth. This is necessary because the structure of the tooth will be weakened, and a restoration will protect the tooth from breakage and also allow you to chew comfortably. We offer both highly aesthetic porcelain dental crowns to protect the health and appearance of your smile, and gold crowns where strength in the posterior teeth is important and appearance is less critical.

Do I Need a Root Canal?

If you have been experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, call our office. You may have an infection that could require treatment.

  • Severe pain in one or more teeth
  • Pain that is aggravated by chewing or other pressure
  • Pain and sensitivity aggravated by hot or cold temperatures
  • Darkening of one or more teeth
  • A “pimple” on the gums
  • Swelling and tenderness in the gums that may radiate to the cheek

Sometimes, we can identify the need for a root canal at your routine dental visit before it causes pain. This is one of the reasons that regular dental x-rays are so beneficial. 

Call our office to make an appointment. We can examine you and advise if root canal therapy may be necessary to get rid of your pain.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Thank you for your ongoing support, we hope you are safe and well in this uncertain time.
This week we have our reception staff working from home with remote computer and phone access at Level 3. We will be able to respond to your voice message within 24 hours and we are starting to take bookings for an anticipated level 2 from Monday the 18th of May.
Existing bookings will be honoured and missed appointments will be prioritised according to urgency. This week for existing patients, we will be offering complimentary booked telephone consultations with your dentist for any concerns that cannot be answered by our friendly reception team. We understand that there may be a bottleneck for patient appointments once we descend into level 2 and want to assure you that we will be working hard for everyone to be triaged and seen in a timely manner.
Thank you again for the continued support, we all can’t wait to be back in the clinic properly to care for you again.
Please call 034422711 or email [email protected] to make a booking at level 2.