Dental Check Auckland

Why is root canal treatment necessary?

Root canal treatment is most often needed for the relief of tooth pain caused by the irreversible damage of the dental pulp.

A number of conditions can lead to this:

  • tooth decay
  • deep filling
  • trauma
  • tooth fracture
  • tooth or gum infection
  • sometimes there is no apparent cause

When this occurs a dentist often has only two options: tooth extraction or a root canal treatment.

The medical name for root canal treatment is endodontic therapy. A root canal enables your tooth to be saved by replacing the damaged nerve tissue in the root of the tooth with a filling.

Symptoms that could indicate the need for root canal treatment are:

Throbbing toothache that lasts more than a few minutes requiring painkillers, spontaneous pain in your tooth, a tooth that is tender to bite on, your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, or an aching tooth that keeps you awake at night.

How is a tooth restored following root canal treatment?

Teeth requiring root canal treatment often have large fillings or extensive damage and will require a crown to restore them properly. These teeth are weaker and the added protection of a crown is recommended.

If you have any of these tooth pain symptoms, make an appointment with one of the qualified and highly-skilled dentists at Meadowbank Dental for a dental examination and x-rays. We will advise you of the appropriate treatment for your teeth and discuss your options for resolving your tooth pain.

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