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Root Canals in Hawthorn

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Root canal therapy — also referred to as endodontic treatment — is a common restoration technique used to manage tooth pain and prevent loss of dying or abscessed teeth.

While most types of restorations offered by our Hawthorn, Victoria dentists are treatments that affect the outside of teeth, endodontic therapy manages the side effects of nerve damage inside your tooth.


What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is like having a filling that extends into the nerve chamber and down through the hollow canal inside of your tooth root. By nature, the definition of the name (“endo-” inside; “-dont” tooth) means treating the inside of your tooth.

When your dentist or a specialist like an endodontist performs a root canal, it seals out bacteria so that the tooth will last several more years.


All About Root Canals

Deep inside each tooth root is a space filled with the pulp or ‘nerve’. Where there is long-standing or extreme damage to the tooth, the nerve may develop an infection or actually die.

The possible causes of a nerve infection:

  • having fillings repeatedly done on the same tooth
  • an old filling or existing decay that is deep and too close to the nerve
  • cracks in a tooth that has been left unattended
  • trauma to the tooth

What are the potential signs and symptoms?

  • discolouration of the tooth
  • pain with extreme hot/cold temperatures
  • pain at night
  • constant pain
  • gum abscess or facial swelling
  • pus discharge
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When it is at this advanced stage, merely having a filling is not enough, and a root canal treatment is now needed.

This is diagnosed by a combination of any symptoms, and detailed tests and diagnostic x-ray scans. Treatment involves fully disinfecting the nerve space to resolve any symptoms, and can usually be completed in 1-3 visits.


Signs You Need a Root Canal From a Specialist

How can you tell if you need a root canal? Let our Hawthorn dentists know if you’re experiencing symptoms of:

  •    Severe tooth sensitivity
  •    An abscessed tooth
  •    Past tooth trauma
  •    A tooth that is getting dark in colour (a common sign of nerve death)
  •    Pain when you’re biting down or eating

Generally speaking, the symptoms of a tooth with nerve damage usually come back to signs of an abscess, deep tooth decay, or a cracked tooth. We’ll need to take an X-ray and evaluate your tooth to determine the true cause, so that we can treat your smile in the best and most affordable manner.


Do I Need to See an Endodontist?

We offer comprehensive root canal therapy right here in our Hawthorn dental office. If for any reason your oral anatomy poses a uniquely challenging case (such as a curved root or endodontic re-treatment,) then we may consider referring you to a nearby endodontist, periodontist, orthodontist or even oral surgeon. However, Drs Ong, Wong, and Barnes are each experienced in endodontic therapy, meaning that it’s rare for us to have to send you elsewhere for your care.


Root Canal Treatment Steps

Getting a root canal is like having any other type of dental procedure completed. At your initial exam, we’ll present you with a care plan that outlines the treatment costs and number of appointments (your dental insurance will usually cover at least a portion of the procedure.)

In most cases, we can complete your root canal in one visit through a few steps. Your tooth will be numbed, so that nothing feels uncomfortable. As far as recovery goes, give yourself a few hours for the anaesthetic to wear off. If you have a severe infection, we may need to prescribe an antibiotic beforehand, as areas of inflammation make it difficult for anaesthetic to work properly.

A couple of weeks later, we’ll need to place a crown on top of your endodontically treated tooth. Since it’s no longer alive, your tooth enamel may start to chip or wear down prematurely. A crown will keep your tooth strong enough to last several more years.


Are You in Pain? Get the Best Affordable Care!

A painful toothache could be a sign that you have a dental abscess and are in need of a root canal/. Contact Hawthorn Smiles Dental today to request an exam and X-ray. We’ll do everything possible to help you protect the health of your natural smile!


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