Root canal therapy Greensborough
Don’t suffer in silence any longer. Inflamed, tender gums or sensitive teeth can be a sign of severe tooth decay.
At G Dental we aim toward prevention over corrective procedures, however, we understand that the idea of dental procedures can be daunting, especially if the work required is more invasive than a general clean. Consequently, the anxiety surrounding dental work, or embarrassment regarding the state of a patient’s teeth, may influence a patient to ignore the warning signs of a cavity or gum disease, this will do you very little benefit in the long run as more drastic corrections will be required. Root canal therapy is possibly the most notorious for conjuring up dread when mentioned, however, the truth is that with advances in modern medicine and technology, root canal therapy (also known as endodontics) can be a comfortable process.
Why can’t I just get a filling?
If cavities are caught early enough in the process they can generally be treated with a filling. However, when a tooth is allowed to deteriorate, root canal therapy may be required. Tooth decay will not correct itself, and over time acidic or sugary foods will eat away at the already damaged enamel. If this corrosion penetrates through too much of your tooth’s enamel and reaches the pulp, you only have a limited time to act before the pulp of your tooth becomes infected or starts to die.
What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy replaces the infected tooth pulp with a filling. Your tooth pulp is located in the “hollow” space within the central section of your tooth, and consists of dental cells, nerve and tissue fibres, as well as blood vessels. To maintain health and effectiveness within the tooth, your tooth pulp requires function and harmony. Once decay reaches the pulp of your tooth, if not treated urgently you risk losing the tooth as well as infecting your other teeth.
7 signs you may need a root canal
- Spontaneous shooting pain in your mouth
- Sensitivity when consuming hot or cold food and drinks
- Pain when biting or chewing
- One or more teeth feel “loose”
- Swelling of the gum surrounding the tooth in question
- Puss surrounding the affected tooth
- Facial swelling
Any of these symptoms are a cause for concern, and should be considered serious. If these symptoms remain unchecked, you risk infection making its way to the surrounding teeth and even into your jaw. Once the pulp in a tooth becomes too far infected, to avoid affecting the other teeth, you may be encouraged to consider having the tooth removed.
At G Dental, we aim for a friendly, safe atmosphere for the whole family. Your consultation will include an examination of the teeth, where we will pay particular attention to the affected tooth. We realise that most anxiety comes from the unknown, and will discuss with you exactly what is happening to cause you pain before recommending treatments.