Kills the pain and saves your tooth! Mention the words root canal treatment and it’s enough to turn anyone to a cold sweat. But as a trusted dentist here in Parkdale, Vic, we’d like to set the record straight…
The root canal process itself is not painful – the majority of people needing a root canal are already in pain. Instead, root canal treatment relieves a patient’s pain and gets them back to feeling normal. Yes, honestly, our experienced gentle dentists can get you out of pain fast!
What exactly is root canal treatment?
Root canal therapy (endodontics) is a dental procedure that’s designed to treat infection in the soft tissue or pulp located at the centre of a tooth. The procedure involves removing the pulp that’s made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues that help nourish the tooth.
Our experienced dentists recommend root canal treatment in Parkdale, Vic because not only does it save a tooth from extraction but it also helps maintain a natural smile, retains the bite, and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.
What to expect during root canal treatment:
Root canal treatment takes place in the dental chair and consists of the following steps:
First, an x-ray is taken to determine the extent of the infection
Then the area is numbed with local anaesthesia
Our Parkdale dentist then makes a small opening in the top of the tooth to expose the damaged or infected pulp and gain access to the nerve chamber
All infected bacterial material and nerves are removed and the area is flushed out
The empty chamber is back-filled and sealed with gutta-percha, a purified latex
Finally, a temporary filling or crown is placed
That’s it … patients are now free to leave the surgery.
Relieve your pain and save your tooth!
If you’re suffering from tooth pain, it could be that you need root canal treatment here in Parkdale, Vic. Don’t suffer in silence, call the friendly team at Synergy Dental Group and they’ll fit you in for a same-day appointment.
We also welcome patients from neighbouring suburbs including Mordialloc, Mentone and Cheltenham.
Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Treatment
What happens after root canal treatment?
Once the anaesthetic has worn off, Parkdale patients can expect to feel some tenderness and discomfort. This is only natural and unlike root canal pain, can be eased with over the counter painkillers such as ibuprofen. After a few weeks, another dental appointment will be arranged to check that all the infection has gone ( usually with another x-ray) and to replace the temporary filling or dental crown with a permanent one.
What happens if I don’t undergo root canal therapy?
Your pain may worsen and the infection could spread to other areas of the body. In extreme cases, it can cause sepsis – a potentially life-threatening condition. This is why root canal treatment is regarded as a dental emergency (link to emergency dental care page).
Is root canal treatment safe?
Yes, absolutely. Our experienced dentists have performed hundreds of root canal treatments that have proven safe and effective.
Will root canal treatment save my tooth?
Once the nerves have been removed the tooth is dead but it will remain stable, function normally, and receive nutrition from the ligament that attaches it to the bone. That said, the tooth will be more fragile than it was previously which is why a dental crown is placed to give it the additional strength and support it needs.