Root Canal Treatment in Hampton and Fairfield VIC
Many patients have a look of dread when root canal treatment is mentioned due to an unfair reputation for being painful. Root canals, however, are one of the treatments that we offer that has many benefits.
Because it saves your natural tooth, root canal therapy is often considered the most conservative option. Alternatively, an extraction and replacing the missing tooth could take longer and result in costlier treatment.
How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?
The only way to know for certain if a root canal is required is to have a dental exam. Often, the first signs that root canal treatment might be necessary is pain. It sometimes begins with a dull pain until it develops into a full-blown toothache.
Symptoms and risk factors of internally damaged teeth may include:
- Darkening of the tooth enamel
- Tooth mobility
- Sensitivity to pressure, sweet, hot or cold
- History of damage or trauma (even if it occurred years earlier)
- Swelling of the gums, jaw or face
- Small fissure on the gums
- Pain when biting or lying down
What Leads to Root Canal Treatment?
If a tooth has been badly damaged by tooth decay, infection or trauma, the nerve of the tooth becomes non-vital. When this happens, the tooth will begin to experience discolouration, internal resorption, or spread the infection to other areas of the mouth.
To prevent the tooth from being lost entirely, endodontic therapy is necessary. This process is otherwise known as having a root canal. The entire procedure typically feels no different than most other types of dental treatment.
Endodontic (Root Canal) Therapy
At Sparkle Dental Care, we prioritise your comfort and will thoroughly numb the tooth before getting started. During a root canal, the damaged nerve tissues are removed from inside of the tooth. The canal is then cleaned and sealed off to prevent reinfection. This process preserves the tooth so that it can continue to function for several more years.
Post-Root Canal Treatment
After the root canal, a full coverage crown is placed on top of the tooth. This is because the tooth is no longer alive and can be too brittle to withstand normal use. A crown will protect the exposed portion of the tooth from breakage and wear.
We Welcome You to Contact Us for a Dental Exam
If you have a dental emergency or feel like something with your oral health has changed, we reserve time in both of our schedules at our Fairfield and Hampton dental clinics to accommodate emergencies as quickly as possible.
An exam and x-ray are all that is needed to determine whether or not your tooth needs a root canal. Visit Sparkle Dental Care to get the answers you need and the care you deserve.