Relieving the pain of a damaged or infected tooth
If you’ve suffered from an intense or nagging toothache for some time, it could be a sign that your tooth’s pulp (often called the nerve) has become infected or inflamed, perhaps due to gum disease, serious tooth decay, or trauma. In such cases, root canal therapy from Renton Dental can help relieve your pain and avoid the need for your tooth to be extracted.
Root canals are the tiny channels inside every one of your teeth, which contain the pulp. This has the nerves and blood vessels which a healthy tooth needs. If your tooth is damaged, bacteria can easily infect your tooth pulp, giving you a very painful toothache. Root canal treatment from Renton Dental Paddington can help.
In spite of its fearsome reputation, root canal therapy (or endodontics) usually won’t cause you much pain. In fact the opposite is true: endodontics are designed to relieve the severe pain of your damaged or infected tooth.
When performed with care by our experienced Paddington dentists, root canal treatment has a very high success rate, helping you retain a tooth that would otherwise have needed extraction.
How we can save your tooth with root canal treatment
To determine if root canal treatment is right for you, the Renton Dental team will begin by carefully examining your teeth and taking digital x-rays. With this information, we can plan out your root canal procedure by assessing the size, curvature and depth of the affected tooth roots.
Your dentist then uses special fine files to thoroughly remove all the infected pulp, bacteria, and debris from your root canal, before shaping and smoothing it. We then flush out your tooth’s interior with disinfectant and carefully dry it.
In the next step we will fill your tooth’s canal with a temporary antibacterial substance, which is left in place for two or more weeks to help fight the infection and relieve your toothache. Your dentist may also prescribe you oral antibiotics if necessary.
In the final stage, we completely seal your clean, bacteria-free tooth canal to prevent any reinfection. Often your tooth will have been weakened if there has been decay or trauma. If this is the case for you, we can restore your tooth’s natural appearance and full function with a dental crown. A crown will strengthen and seal your tooth to maximise a successful outcome. Find out more about your dental crown procedure here.
Thanks to root canal therapy from Renton Dental, your toothache will have been relieved, and you’ll no longer have to worry about living with an infected tooth.
Frequently asked questions
How do I know if I may need root canal therapy?
Pain or toothache around a damaged tooth may be a sign of infection inside that tooth. You might also notice you have tender gums, a tooth that’s darker than its neighbours, or swollen gums around the tooth root area. If you’re concerned about the health of your tooth, you should contact the Renton Dental team to arrange an appointment.
Do I still need root canal therapy if I feel no pain?
It’s possible, yes. Pain is just one sign that you may need root canal therapy. If your overall health is good, your body may be working away fighting off infection and you could be none the wiser. This is another good reason to visit Renton Dental regularly for preventive dental appointments, so that we can catch any oral health problems in their early stages.
Does root canal therapy hurt?
In spite of the urban legends you may have heard, root canal treatment is usually no more painful than getting a filling. We will make your treatment as comfortable as possible with the help of local anaesthetic. Once this wears off you may have some mild tenderness, but this will usually pass in a day or two.
How do I care for my tooth after root canal therapy?
Most people experience only slight tenderness for a day or two after root canal treatment, which can be relieved with over-the-counter pain relief.
You should avoid chewing on hard foods with your restored tooth to prevent damaging it. And of course, you should follow a good oral hygiene routine at home, brushing morning and night and flossing at least once a day. Lastly, by visiting Renton Dental’s Paddington dentist practice regularly for a check-up and clean, you can ensure the health of both your restored tooth and your whole smile.
The good news is that with the proper care, a tooth restored with root canal therapy can last you a lifetime.
How much does root canal therapy cost?
The price of your root canal treatment will depend on how complex your situation is. For example, root canal therapy for a tooth at the front of your mouth will be easier to perform and less expensive, while treating a tooth at the back of your mouth may be more complex. Teeth that have several roots can also be more complex to treat than teeth with only one root.