Although root canals have a bad reputation because they are usually associated with pain, the truth is that they are a fairly routine dental procedure that can save your tooth. In most cases, root canals are needed when the nerve and pulp of a tooth become infected.
We provide root canal therapy in our Dee Why, NSW clinic, for a variety of reasons, including the following.
If tooth decay goes unnoticed, it will continue to grow into deep decay. This often causes an infection along with extreme pain. If it is still not treated, it can eventually lead to the loss of the tooth.
Often the molars in the back of the mouth have large fillings in them. Over time, they can begin to fail and develop cracks. Large fillings often mean that a good part of the tooth has been removed, so there is not enough tooth structure to simply replace the filling. If bacteria get past the filling into the root of the tooth, this can cause infection, leading to the need for a root canal.
When the same dental procedure is needed over and over on the same tooth, this increases the risk of needing a root canal in the future. For instance, if a tooth is treated for decay with a filling, and the filling needs to be removed to take care of new decay and filled again, this increased its vulnerability for the tooth developing infection.
Teeth that are damaged because of trauma or exposed to other stressors, such as grinding and clenching, this can cause cracks and chips in the teeth. Minor damage can often be repaired using bonding material, but more severe damage might mean a root canal is needed.
If you are experiencing dental pain, this could mean there is an infection in your tooth. Don’t let fear or anxiety prevent you from calling our Dee Why, NSW clinic to find out if you need root canal therapy. Our gentle dentists can eliminate your pain and save your tooth.