- Periodontal Disease
- Root Canal Therapy
- Dental Exams & Cleaning
- Digital X-rays
- Fluoride Treatment
- Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Root Canal Therapy
In spite of what you may have heard root canal therapy is not necessarily a painful procedure, in fact feeling similar to having a filling replaced. It is, however, essential in situations where the tooth has been seriously damaged.
If a tooth is painful, it is possible that the pulp is exposed, perhaps as a result of decay or injury, such as a fractured tooth. Pulp that is exposed to bacteria in your mouth can become infected, in which case root canal therapy can help by removing the infected pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the root canal, and filling it to minimise the possibility of re-infection.
The final step involves placing a crown over the tooth to secure the treatment and give a natural appearance. There may be some tenderness for a day after your therapy, which can be treated with over-the-counter pain relief.
Root Canal Therapy can save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.