Root Canal Treatment
Root canals have received a bad reputation for being something painful to be avoided at all costs. However, the treatment has advanced to the point that it is comparable to getting a filling. At Parkdale Family Dental, we understand the fear you may have around the procedure, and we want you to know that our dentists safely and effectively complete this procedure dozens of times each year to relieve pain and restore oral health for our patients.
For root canal therapy in Parkdale, Victoria, don’t wait! Call Parkdale Family Dental, and let our expert dentists take care of you.
What Causes a Root Canal?
Teeth have living tissue inside them that bacteria can grow in. When the bacteria spreads and infects the fibre inside the tooth’s root, you will feel severe pain. If left unaddressed, the infection can cause tooth loss or spread to other parts of your body, so it is imperative to promptly consult you’re your dentist and schedule root canal therapy.
What Does the Procedure Look Like?
Before the procedure, we will examine your mouth for any signs of infection, such as swelling or inflamed, red gums and prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection if necessary. When you come in for your root canal appointment, the dentist will start by applying an anesthetic to ease the pain.
The process requires extracting any damaged tissue, cleaning out the inside of the canal at the root of the tooth (hence the name “root canal”), and applying an antibiotic to remove the remaining inflammation and infected tissue. The dentist tries to maintain the tooth’s structure and rescue as much of the original tooth pulp, then fills the canal, seals it, and tops the tooth with a protective crown.
What Is the Recovery Time After Getting a Root Canal?
Generally, the recovery time is only a few days. You may feel some achiness, swelling, or tenderness around the tooth. If the discomfort persists for longer than two days, call your dentist for a follow-up appointment.
Are There Risks with the Procedure?
Even with high success rates, root canal complications sometimes occur. Because teeth canals are so small, dentists can miss them during the treatment, which could cause infection growth in the overlooked area. In rare cases, dental instruments can puncture the tooth root. Restoration is possible in some cases, but root removal might be the only option.
Why Should I Get a Root Canal?
Getting a root canal to treat tooth infections is essential to eliminate infected tissue. Your physical discomfort and oral health affect your body as a whole. Root canal therapy also restores your teeth to a healthy state and keeps your smile beautiful. During your regular dental care and cleanings, your dentist will examine you for signs of inflammation to promote long-term oral health and prevent the need for a root canal down the road.
Don’t delay treatment if you are experiencing tooth pain! Call (03) 9069-9652 to have your root canal handled by our experienced dentists in Parkdale, Victoria.