Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal therapy usually conjures up dread when mentioned, but with modern advances in dentistry, it can be a surprisingly comfortable procedure.

At caulfield south dental surgery, we aim for preventive rather than corrective procedures. However, sometimes the anxiety surrounding a dental visit and the embarrassment regarding one’s dental health, may lead to symptoms of a cavity or gum disease being ignored, and a more drastic procedure such as root canal therapy may be needed.

Why can't I just have a filling?

If a tooth cavity was detected in its early stages, a filling is generally all that is required.  However, when it is allowed to deteriorate,  the nerve or pulp in the tooth dies or becomes acutely inflamed, resulting in pain which could only be alleviated by root canal treatment or removal of the tooth.

Some warning signs you may need a root canal

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold liquids
  • Pain on biting or chewing
  • Constant or spontaneous throbbing pain in the tooth
  • Puffiness or swelling of the gum around the tooth
  • Facial swelling
  • Tooth feels loose

If you have noticed any of the above symptoms, it is best to contact your dentist as soon as possible for a comprehensive examination of  your mouth.  At caulfield south dental, we will thoroughly check your teeth, in particular the area of concern, and discuss all your treatment options before commencing root canal treatment.

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment involves cleaning the infected tooth pulp ( that is the nerve of the tooth) and replaces it with a root filling.  The procedure may take multiple appointments.  Often following  root canal treatment, tooth is weakened and may fracture.  A crown is needed in most cases to restore the tooth  to its normal functional state in your mouth.