Root canal treatment (also called endodontic treatment) involves the removal and restoration of the very centre of a severely damaged tooth. If your tooth is infected or broken, a root canal can be a very effective treatment for an often significantly painful and time-critical condition. Plus, it can save a tooth that might otherwise have to be removed completely. Before you schedule your appointment, read through our quick guide to root canals at Holistic Dental Donvale to understand more about the procedure and how it could help you.
What kind of dental problems does a root canal treat?
At Holistic Dental Donvale, root canals are used to treat patients when the inside of the tooth (called the pulp) has become infected or inflamed. This can happen due to a large cavity or injury, if a tooth has been knocked out or cracked. If left untreated, the infection can spread throughout the pulp to reach the underlying nerve in the root canal, causing a lot of pain and discomfort.
What happens during a root canal at Holistic Dental Donvale?
During your appointment, your holistic dentist will use a drill to open your tooth through the crown so that they can reach the damaged or infected tissue in the pulp and any infection that might have spread down through the root. Once all of the infection is completely removed, the canal will be thoroughly cleaned before being filled and sealed using advanced materials to prevent any further infection.
What are the advantages of root canal treatment?
Aside from the immediate advantages of removing pain and infection, root canal treatment allows you to keep the whole exterior of the natural tooth, which might otherwise need to be extracted. That means you don’t have to worry about bone loss, gaps in the mouth or losing your natural smile.
Does a root canal at Holistic Dental Donvale hurt?
At the beginning of your procedure, your dentist will administer local anaesthesia to completely numb the area so that you don’t feel any pain at all. However, you may experience a little discomfort in the two days following a root canal treatment, so we recommend a diet of soft foods until you recover.