Root canal therapy is required to save a tooth where the nerve (or “pulp”) of the tooth has been infected or affected. This can be from a number of causes such as:
- Deep dental decay
- Trauma or injury
- Cracking or fracturing
It is the process in which the inflamed or dead nerve is removed from the root of the tooth, usually over two or three appointments.
Symptoms of a tooth that requires Root Canal Therapy can be:
- Spontaneous throbbing or prolonged pain
- Pain when eating or chewing
- Very severe sensitivity to hot or cold stimulus
- Swelling around a particular tooth
Despite the advancements in dentistry, it is always preferable to save your own tooth with a root canal, rather than remove it, as a natural tooth (even without a nerve) is usually cheaper to fix than replacing a tooth (e.g. an implant and crown) and will be more comfortable than a denture.
Root Canal Therapy can be completed with little or no discomfort, and at Beachmere Dental, we will always ensure the procedure and process is explained thoroughly to you before and during your appointment.
We use the latest technology to assist in the procedure, including Rotary Endodontic tools that not only make the procedure more comfortable than conventional methods, but also a lot quicker too!
While sometimes a root canalled tooth can be simply restored with a white filling, a Crown is often preferred as a root canalled tooth is usually at a higher risk of fracture.