Lions and tigers and root canals, oh my!
Root canal therapy (also known as endodontic therapy) is the process of treating the infected, diseased or damaged pulp (nerve) of a tooth by cleaning and eliminating the infection and protecting the tooth from future microbial invasion. Dr Britt at The Grove Dental Rouse Hill regularly performs this surgery to relieve her patients from unpleasant tooth pain, and to prevent their teeth from needing to be extracted. Retaining natural teeth is considered the best solution for your oral health and function, and saves you from needing costly and time consuming teeth replacement treatments. Once a tooth has undergone root canal therapy, it will require a crown to strengthen the tooth structure and protect it from further erosion.
At The Grove Dental Rouse Hill we are committed to ensuring that our patients in need of a root canal do not find it a daunting or fearful experience. We strive to create a safe and comfortable environment and use the latest advanced technology – a majority of our patients actually fall asleep during their root canal treatment!
What are some of the signs that you might need root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is recommended when there is infected or necrotic dental pulp (dead nerve). This might be due to deep decay that invades the pulp, tooth fracture, advanced gum disease, or trauma.
Generally, the symptoms that indicate that you might have damaged, diseased, or inflamed dental pulp requiring root canal therapy include:
- Tooth pain and pressure
- The tooth is loose or mobile
- The tooth has hot or cold sensitivity
- Swelling and tenderness in the gums surrounding the tooth
- The tooth has discoloured or darkened
- The presence of pus at the site of the tooth
- Facial swelling