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Root Canal at Nova Smiles Dental

Root Canal WallsendEndodontic therapy — better known as root canal treatment — is a special type of dental restoration to preserve teeth that may not be restorable with a traditional filling or crown.

Each tooth is a living structure, but when the nerve of a tooth is abscessed or starting to die, it can cause affected teeth to erode from the inside. Treating it with a root canal will ensure that your tooth remains in tact for several more years.

“Do I Need a Root Canal?”

The best way to determine if you need endodontic therapy is to meet with us for an exam and X-ray as soon as you notice any symptoms. Be sure to let us know if you’re exhibiting any of the following signs of dental nerve damage:

  • Chronic pain or sensitivity
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • A fistula (small pimple) on the gums
  • Swelling in your mouth or side of face
  • Pain when chewing food or biting down
  • Past injury to the tooth
  • Visible cracks or fractures

If we determine that the decay, crack or other damage has impacted the nerve, a root canal is usually the best solution to stabilise the tooth and prevent from having to extract it.

What You Can Expect During a Root Canal

Most endodontic therapies take one or two appointments to complete, depending on the extent of your infection. Your dentist will numb the tooth and area around it before creating an opening to access the nerve chamber. Next, the tissues are removed and the hollow chamber left behind is sealed off.

Having a root canal can take longer than a filling, but the process is generally just as comfortable. To ease your mind, we also provide in-house sedation dentistry and relative analgesia to help you feel more relaxed.

After endodontic treatment is completed, we recommend having a crown made for your tooth to protect it. Because your tooth is no longer alive, it’s more prone to wear and chipping.

Looking for a Second Opinion?

We’re happy to provide you with a custom treatment plan and recommendations regarding your toothache. Contact us today to request an appointment.

* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Root Canal Wallsend, Maryland, Cameron Park, Elermore Vale NSW
(02) 4951 6666