Root Canal Treatment
Root canal therapy, also called endodontics, treats disorders of the nerve (also called the pulp) of the tooth. The procedure has an undeserved reputation for being a painful one, but it usually a throbbing toothache that alerts people the presence of an infection in the tooth root. The root canal itself will usually relieve the pain of toothache—and enable the tooth to be saved from extraction.
If you need a root canal and put it off, the infection can spread to adjacent teeth and lead to a more serious dental emergency and possibly tooth loss.
Our compassionate dentist, Dr Robert Ayar, provides a gentle approach to root canal therapy our Ramsgate Beach, NSW patients appreciate. His goal is to save your smile—and ease your pain.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is thusly named because it refers to the part of your tooth’s anatomy the procedure treats. The root canals of the tooth are where the nerves of the teeth connect to the rest of the nervous system. If decay or trauma allows bacteria to get into the tooth root, the material inside can become infected. The result is usually pain, swelling and sensitivity.
When performing a root canal, Dr Ayar will numb the area, so you remain comfortable during treatment. He will create a tiny hole in the affected tooth through which he will draw out the infected material. After the area is sanitised, he will fill the canal and seal it to prevent reinfection. In most cases, the now-weakened tooth structure will be strengthened with a dental crown.
Sometimes we can identify an infection that is developing before you feel any pain. This is one of the reasons we emphasise preventive check-ups and diagnostic x-rays regularly.
What Makes Treatment Necessary?
Often the first sign that there is an infection in the tooth root is a toothache that might start out mildly uncomfortable but which quickly becomes unbearable. Other symptoms include:
- Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures that develops quickly
- Swollen and red-coloured gums near the site
- A raised white-coloured bump on your gums near the affected area
- A foul odour or taste in your mouth that doesn’t go away, even after brushing
If you notice any of these symptoms, you may need a root canal at our Ramsgate Beach, NSW dental surgery. We urge you not to put off seeking treatment. Doing so can risk the spread of infection to your healthy teeth and could even result in tooth loss.
It is worth mentioning here that infection can develop with no noticeable symptoms; that’s why we place such a high emphasis on the importance of routine check-ups every six months so we can detect potential infection before it becomes painful.
If you are experiencing the pain of toothache or are showing other signs of a tooth infection, we welcome your call to Ayar Dental.