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What Are the Signs You Need a Root Canal?

October 13, 2021
Posted By: Sparkle Dental Care
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One area which shows how far dental technology has come since the old days is the treatment of tooth root infections, better known as a root canal. At one time, a person might have associated a root canal with a stressful procedure; today’s root canal therapy is more routine.

Dr Kai Xu, Dr Kenny Lee, and the team at Sparkle Dental Care use advanced tools and techniques to help ensure that your procedure is as painless and comfortable as possible while maintaining its effectiveness.

Appreciating Your Tooth’s Structure

To understand how root canal therapy works, you should understand how all parts of your tooth work together. In general, each of your teeth is divided into three sections: the crown, the neck, and the root. So the part above the gums is the crown,  within your gums is the root, with the neck being just above and below the gumline that connects the root and crown.

In cases of good oral health, the outer layers of your teeth protect the root and the inside structures. But if decay and damage have managed to pierce your crown, then all the tissue inside your tooth can become infected. As that infection grows, it will enter your tooth’s root and threaten to kill the tooth.

Watch for Symptoms

A tooth infection deep enough to warrant root canal therapy has some tell-tale signs:

  • Severe pain, at your tooth root or in your jaw
  • Prolonged sensitivity to temperature highs and lows
  • Gum swelling near the problem tooth
  • Heat and muscle pain in your jaw and face

If you’re experiencing these, your dentists at Sparkle Dental Care in the Melbourne area, Hampton and Fairfield, will examine your tooth and recommend root canal therapy.

How Is It Done?

When Dr Kai or Lee determines that root canal therapy is necessary, the process begins with impressions of your affected tooth. Then, after numbing your mouth, he will open up your tooth’s crown to clean out the infected tissue.

Remember, the pain people associate with a root canal is caused by the infection, not the treatment. Your pain will diminish significantly once the diseased tissue is gone and the canal is sealed to prevent future disease.

Last, our team will send out the impressions of your tooth so that a lab can produce a dental restoration that replicates your old tooth. This artificial crown fits over the remains of your old tooth and will blend in with your surrounding teeth.

Root Canal Therapy in Melbourne, Hampton and Fairfield, VIC

If you are experiencing tooth pain that an inner tooth infection may cause, we welcome your call at Sparkle Dental Care to help solve the problem and save your tooth.