Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy in Campsie

If your tooth feels painful or sensitive, you might have a tooth infection. Root canal therapy is one of the common dental treatments to help repair and restore an infected tooth.

The mere mention of a root canal therapy can make some people nervous. After all, how many times have you heard a comment like, “That sounds about as fun as a root canal”? But, with modern technology and techniques, dentists can now offer a variety of ways to help make your treatment as comfortable as possible. Plus, root canal therapy is often a reliable way to help address a severe toothache and save the natural tooth structure – so maybe the bad rap isn’t entirely fair!

If you’re experiencing dental pain, call our friendly team on (02) 9718 7907 to make an appointment at Campsie Street Dental.

What is root canal treatment?

Originally from Greek, the term ‘endodontics’ means ‘inside tooth.’ Endodontic treatment is dental work related to the inner parts of the tooth, including the pulp and root. Root canal therapy is the most common type of endodontic work, which aims to treat infections and damage that affect the tooth pulp.

Our dentists may recommend a root canal treatment if your tooth is infected. This treatment involves opening the tooth using a laser or dental drill to access the infected pulp, removing the infected tissue, cleaning and disinfecting the root canal, then filling it with a synthetic material. A custom-made crown or filling can then be placed to help restore the strength and appearance of your tooth structure.

When might you need root canal therapy?

Root canal treatment may be needed if tooth decay or an injury breaches the hard outer layer of your tooth (the enamel), allowing bacteria to reach the soft centre (the pulp) and cause an infection. The pulp contains nerve endings, which is why a tooth infection is often very painful and can make a tooth feel more sensitive. Antibiotics are usually not effective at treating a tooth infection.

When you visit our dentists for a check-up, we can give you a complete oral health assessment and take x-rays of your mouth to determine whether any of your teeth are infected. If your tooth is infected, we may recommend root canal treatment.

We’ll aim to retain your natural tooth structure as much as possible. However, if the infection is too severe and your tooth is too damaged, we may recommend extraction to prevent the infection from spreading to your other teeth.

Toothaches and other symptoms of pulp infection

You might have a pulp infection if:

  • you have a persistent toothache
  • your tooth feels sensitive to hot and cold food or drink
  • you feel pain or discomfort when biting or chewing
  • your tooth feels loose
  • your tooth looks dark or discoloured
  • your gum or face is swelling

Some tooth infections may not have obvious symptoms though. It’s important to visit your dentist for regular check-ups, so we can help detect infections and other problems early, and have a better chance of saving your natural tooth structure.

Is a root canal painful?

An infected tooth can result in severe dental pain and sensitivity. In those cases, root canal therapy is often instrumental in providing relief and retaining the natural tooth structure. Moreover, technology and numbing agents tend to make root canal therapy more comfortable than the treatment in the past.

Our dentists use a local anaesthetic during the treatment to numb your mouth. We also use dental lasers to help minimise discomfort and improve healing and recovery times. If you’re nervous about your treatment, we can discuss other sedation options to help you relax.

Caring for your teeth after a root canal treatment

We’ll give you after-care advice to help you recover following your root canal treatment. We may recommend the placement of a crown to help strengthen your natural tooth structure and lower your risk of further issues.

We recommend that you avoid hard or crunchy foods for a few days after your treatment, as these could cause discomfort or dislodge your crown or filling. You can continue to maintain good oral hygiene and brush and floss your teeth as usual, taking care to be gentle around the treated tooth. Avoiding sugary food and drink can also help lower the risk of problems recurring.

If your tooth feels painful or sensitive after the treatment, this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relief medication. If these symptoms continue for more than a few days, or if you have other unexpected problems such as bleeding or swelling, contact us to make an emergency appointment with our dentists.

Make an appointment

Book a consultation with our endodontists in Sydney by calling (02) 9718 7907. You can also fill out the form below to make an appointment online.