Dentist Check Up - Root Canals

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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