How does a dentist perform a root canal treatment?
In restorative dentistry, a root canal is one of the more common procedures performed in a dental practice. Root canals can be helpful in allowing you to avoid losing your tooth altogether.
Perhaps you have heard about someone recently having a root canal done or have just been told by your dentist in Mackay that you yourself need to have a root canal treatment in order to save your tooth? At Walkerston Dental in Walkerston, we are open and honest and will provide you with all the information regarding what a root canal procedure entails and why they are necessary.
By doing this, we can answer any questions that you may have regarding your personal condition and help alleviate potential fears or concerns you may have prior to the treatment. Your dentist will explain how root canals are performed in as much detail as you’d like.
We encourage you to discuss with your dentist in Mackay any thoughts, either positive or negative, that you may have so that we can work together comfortably throughout the treatment plan and stages so that you feel in control and aware of what is happening.
What are some of the symptoms that I may have which may indicate the need for a root canal?
There are a range of symptoms that dentists consider to be ‘red flags’ if you come in to visit with certain complaints or concerns. As always, we will take a thorough inspection of your mouth and the tooth in question in order to determine what exactly is the cause of your symptoms before diagnosing the complaint.
Should you present with a severely sensitive and sore tooth or pain whilst chewing, you may find that you have some kind of trauma to the tooth that goes beyond an ordinary cavity.
You may find you need a root canal treatment if you have deep fillings or deep tooth decay or have experienced some kind of deep trauma to one or many of your teeth. Those of you with ongoing gum disease may also find that you are more at risk of needing to have this treatment done.
What exactly is the problem?
You need to have a root canal treatment when the nerve tissue within a tooth becomes infected or very inflamed. This is a painful condition that may result in the loss of the tooth if it is not treated as quickly as possible.
Once we have diagnosed the condition and have provided you with treatment, the pain should lessen. With the use of local anaesthesia, we numb the tooth in question so you should not feel discomfort during the procedure.
By clearing away the infected nerve and pulp from within the tooth and cleaning it before sealing it off from to avoid any further infection to start, we are usually able to save the tooth and remove the cause of your symptoms.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.