Root Canal Therapy
If you have a tooth that has been damaged by decay, infection or trauma, this damage may extend to the nerve of the tooth, rendering it non-vital. Most people are alerted to signs of trouble when a toothache goes from mild to worse in a matter of days. In addition to pain, other symptoms that a root canal might be necessary include darkening of the tooth, sensitivity to pressure or temperature or a white spot on the gums near the bothersome tooth.
Although there are negative associations about root canal therapy, most of this stems from the pain associated with toothaches. The pain of toothache leading up to the procedure is far worse than the treatment, which can be compared to getting a routine dental filling.
The team at Kenmore Family Dental offers effective root canal therapy that will eliminate your pain—and save your tooth in the process.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
Most people are unaware they have an infection until they begin to experience severe tooth pain. A decayed tooth is often the culprit, with bacteria creating an infection in the pulp of the tooth. It usually happens in a tooth that is chipped or has small cracks or fissures. A tooth that has been treated repeatedly with dental procedures can also be at risk.
It’s a good idea to come in for a comprehensive oral exam should you have these issues. Remember, that tooth pain of any kind is not normal.
At our clinic, we prioritise emergencies and strive to treat them as quickly as possible. If you are uncomfortable, we would like to get you back on track to good oral health.
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
Although the procedure might sound ominous, root canal therapy is a standard procedure that can save your tooth and protect the rest of your mouth. In years past, an infected tooth almost always meant tooth extraction. But now the infection can be removed, the tooth root cleaned and the tooth structure saved.
During treatment, your dentist will remove the infected pulp from the tooth's root. We will thoroughly clean the area, then fill and seal it to prevent further infection.
Because this procedure will weaken the tooth structure, we recommend a dental crown. This will strengthen the tooth structure left behind so you will be able to chew normally again.
Will My Pain Go Away After Treatment?
The worst of your pain should subside immediately after this tooth-saving treatment, although the area might feel tender for a few days.
We usually recommend a dental crown to protect the tooth that will tend to be brittle once the pulp has been removed. We can take care of this for you in a separate appointment.
We invite you to call our dental surgery if you think you might need a root canal.