Root Canal Treatment Mullumbimby
Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy is not painful, in fact it relieves pain.
If you are experiencing extreme sensitivity or pain in your tooth or teeth, it is a sign that you need to have it looked at by a dentist. When it comes to toothaches, ignoring the problem can end up being severely detrimental in the long run. Dealing with the problem sooner rather than later could end up saving your tooth.
What is root canal therapy?
Your adult teeth are formed with a soft tissue centre called tooth nerve, or pulp. If this pulp becomes inflamed or infected, it can cause an array of painful symptoms that, if left untreated, can lead to more serious health complications. Some of the symptoms you might be suffering include:
- Severe toothache, especially when pressure is placed on the tooth.
- Extreme sensitivity to temperatures.
- Swelling of the gum tissue surrounding the tooth.
- The tooth is becoming dark or discoloured.
If you have any of these symptoms, you should contact us to book an appointment as soon as possible. Once your dentist has determined that you will need to undergo root canal therapy, they will usually numb the area with local anaesthetic so that you can remain comfortable throughout your treatment. Your dentist will then remove the inflamed pulp, clean and disinfect the area inside the tooth, and then seal it with a strong and durable material. In some cases where the tooth has been left particularly fragile, your dentist may suggest a crown to reinforce the strength of the tooth. After your appointment you will notice that the pain you were experiencing before has been alleviated.
Myths about root canal therapy
There is nothing to be afraid of when it comes to root canal therapy, especially when you’re being treated by the caring and experienced team at Mullumbimby Dental Centre. Below you’ll find a number of common myths associated with root canal therapy:
- Root canal therapy is painful – In fact, root canal therapy relieves pain. Thanks to developments in modern dentistry, root canal therapy is no more uncomfortable than a routine filling.
- Root canal therapy involves pulling out the tooth – This is an extraction, which is what root canal therapy was invented to avoid. Root canal therapy involves removing the infected pulp from inside the centre of the tooth. The tooth is then cleaned, disinfected and sealed. Your tooth can function perfectly without the pulp.
- Root canal therapy is a temporary measure – Undergoing root canal therapy can save the tooth from extraction, and if properly cared for, your newly healed tooth can last a lifetime. It is important that you attend check-ups once every six months to ensure the health of your tooth.