When is a Root Canal Required?

When a significant amount of decay develops in the pulp and root of a tooth, it can cause the pulp to become inflamed or infected with bacteria. This can be caused by poor dental hygiene, an untreated cavity, or even an injury to the mouth. Without proper treatment from your dentist, the infection can worsen over time and require extraction.

What Does a Root Canal Involve?

In order to save the tooth and prevent tooth loss, a root canal is needed to remove the infection from the pulp, root, and nerve. The dentist will work to clean out any bacteria from inside of the tooth, along with any dead tissue so that the surrounding healthy tissue can help to restore it. They will disinfect it with antibiotics, fill the empty root, and then seal up the area to prevent any decay from developing again.

Despite what many people think regarding root canals, modern technology has greatly improved and assisted in making it a more comfortable and expedited procedure, requiring usually only one or two visits to complete.

What are the Common Symptoms?

Only a dentist can determine 100% whether you need a root canal or not. But there are some telltale symptoms that can indicate a problem:

  • Persistent pain around the mouth area
  • Sharp sensitivity or a dull ache when eating or drinking hot or cold items
  • Discolouration of teeth
  • Swollen area or tenderness of gums
  • Painful to touch
  • Chipped or cracked area
  • A loose tooth

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or pain and discomfort, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Our dedicated dental team at Costello Family Dentistry has years of professional experience, providing root canal treatments that are gentle, fast, and effective.

We can take a look, determine the cause and the best course of treatment to eliminate the pain and restore your teeth for a healthy and beautiful smile. Contact us today to book an appointment.

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