Our dentists in Kelmscott may recommend root canal therapy (also called endodontic therapy) to treat an infection inside a tooth. An infected tooth can be very painful, but root canal treatment can relieve this pain and can usually save the tooth.
Many people worry about getting a root canal, but with local anaesthesia and other sedation options available, the procedure is usually no more painful than getting a filling. If you think you might need a root canal or you want to know more, call (08) 9495 7999 to book a consultation at Kelmscott Dental.
Root canal therapy in Perth (Endodontics)
Root canal therapy is the only dental procedure that can treat a tooth infection and has a good chance of saving the tooth.
A tooth can become infected when the enamel cracks or wears down and bacteria can access the soft tissues at the centre of the tooth. This can cause severe toothache and sensitivity and may eventually kill the tooth if it’s not treated.
Our dentists will examine your mouth and take an x-ray to see if an infection may be present or if there might be another reason for your symptoms. If we think you could benefit from endodontics, we’ll explain what the procedure involves so you can decide if it’s right for you. Contact us today.
What happens during the root canal procedure?
All root canal treatments are carried out under local anaesthesia to numb pain. If you feel nervous, we can discuss sedation and sleep dentistry options that could help you to relax. The treatment can sometimes take several appointments, depending on the condition and size of the tooth being treated.
To remove the infection, our dentists drill into the tooth and remove the infected tissue in the centre. We then carefully clean and reshape the root canal ready for a synthetic filling that helps to maintain the tooth’s strength.
When the tooth has been thoroughly disinfected and sealed, we’ll cover it with a dental crown or white filling to restore its original appearance.
What to expect after a root canal
Some pain, swelling and bleeding is normal after a root canal procedure, but this should only last for a short time and may be managed with over-the-counter medication. You should try to avoid biting down with the tooth for a few days and eat soft foods.
Root canal therapy has a high rate of success, but sometimes the treated tooth may turn grey over time. This only affects its appearance, but you may choose to talk to our dentists about cosmetic treatments to cover or replace a discoloured tooth.
Book an endodontic consultation in Kelmscott and Armadale
To schedule an appointment with our dentists or find out more about the root canal procedure and costs, call Kelmscott Dental on (08) 9495 7999. You can also book online.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the alternatives to a root canal?
The only alternative to root canal therapy is an extraction to remove the infected tooth. Extraction is sometimes the only option if a tooth is too badly damaged to repair. Our dentists will make sure you know all of your options so you can make informed decisions about your oral health.
Is root canal painful?
A common misconception is that root canal treatment is painful. The pain experienced by people who require a root canal is from the infection in the tooth pulp. Once the infection has been removed, the pain should dissipate.
Kelmscott Dental also carry out root canal therapy using local anaesthesia to help numb the area during treatment.It’s common to experience anxiety or unease when it comes to dental or medical treatment. Ask us about sedation when you make an appointment.
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