Mention the words ‘root canal’ and it tends to elicit a sense of anxiety, but that doesn’t have to be the case.
Contrary to popular belief, a root canal can be a comfortable and painless procedure that can save a tooth with extensive decay.
So, here’s a little insight into root canals, when you might need them and why it’s not a procedure that should cause concern.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a routine procedure designed to remove decay deep within a tooth. Generally, a root canal is prescribed when a tooth is cracked, when there is a deep cavity, or if there are issues with a previous filling.
The procedure involves removing the infected pulp within the tooth, cleaning the area completely, removing any decayed components of the tooth then filling it. In many ways this is exactly like a filling, it’s just a slightly more extensive procedure.
Root canals are conducted under local anaesthetic, so the area may be numb immediately after the procedure. The area might also be slightly sore, but the discomfort is very mild and will subside within a couple of days.
Signs you might need a root canal
Your dentist is the best person to gauge the extent of decay and cavities in teeth, but if a root canal is recommended it’s no cause for alarm.
These days the procedure is pain-free, can be completed over one or two appointments and most importantly, will help save your natural tooth from further damage and loss.
Signs a root canal might be required, include:
- Severe pain when biting or chewing
- Lingering sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- A cracked or chipped tooth
- Pimples on the gums
- Discolouration of the gums beneath the tooth
Benefits of a root canal
A root canal is designed to save your tooth despite extensive decay, and there are a host of benefits to keeping the teeth you have.
Although dentures and crowns have come a long way in recent years, there is no better tool for biting, chewing and speaking than your own actual teeth.
In the interim, for many patients, root canals eliminate tooth pain which they may have been enduring for some time.
Root canals at Grand Dental
At Grand Dental, we believe there is no better alternative to your own teeth. Therefore, we pay meticulous attention to saving your teeth. We employ the best in endodontic advancements, so you can rest assured of high success rates for our root canal treatments.
About Grand Dental
Servicing the Blue Mountains region, Grand Dental is conveniently located in Lawson.
Our practice is committed to first class dentistry in an unhurried environment. Our mission is to make a positive difference in your life through personalised dentistry of the highest quality.
With services ranging from general and children’s dentistry to orthodontics, implants and cosmetic dentistry, we provide a full suite of dental services that cater to the entire family.
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