Katoomba Dental Centre

Why Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?

August 28, 2021
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Posted By: Katoomba Dental Centre

Many people will develop a deep root infection in their tooth at one point or another. However, these types of tooth infections may be largely preventable with proper dental care.

If your Katoomba dentist diagnoses a root infection, you will need root canal therapy to avoid tooth loss due to infection spread or extraction.

What Causes Root Infections?

Deep and untreated tooth decay and trauma are often the culprits that lead to root infection.

If you’re fortunate, you may not have many symptoms. Instead, your dentist spots the emerging infection during your routine dental checkup and teeth clean.

However, it is more likely that you’ll develop a severe toothache and need an emergency dental appointment.

Other symptoms include:

  • Blister on the gum
  • Gum pain
  • Tooth sensitivity

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is a process where your dentist numbs the treatment location and extracts the infected tissues from the root canal of your tooth. The tooth is then closed with a healing agent and temporary tooth filling.

At a future appointment—a week or more later—your dentist closes the tooth with a permanent filling or caps it with a dental crown. We recommend a dental crown if your tooth is weak following infection and at risk for fracture.

If you’re nervous about treatment, ask your Katoomba dentist about our sedation dentistry options.

Lowering Your Risks for Infection

Visit your dentist once or twice yearly for a checkup and dental clean. Also, brush and floss your teeth daily, preferably after each meal. And never go to sleep with debris on the teeth.

We also suggest wearing the proper mouthguard when playing sports.

For Root Canal Therapy in Katoomba, We Welcome Your Call

If you develop tooth sensitivity that does not go away or a blister on your gum, we recommend contacting a member of our dental team as soon as possible.

In accordance with recent ADA recommendations, we are operating at Level 1 restrictions. We can continue seeing patients for all routine treatments, including checkups and cleans. We will continue to screen patients before seeing our dentists, and any patient that is suspected of having COVID-19 will not be able to be treated. If you have any questions, please call us.