Katoomba Dental Centre

Is a Root Infection a Dental Emergency?

April 24, 2020
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Posted By: Katoomba Dental Centre

A root infection means you have an infection deep inside your tooth, and infections are always dental emergencies. Of course, we do not want you to suffer through a toothache alone—even if it is not a root infection. A toothache means that something is wrong and may be in need of treatment.

We are here to treat your root infection—or any dental emergency—even during this pandemic.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy in Katoomba is designed to remove the infected root and pulp of your tooth gently. We always make sure the area is numb before beginning work, and we close your tooth with a transient dental filling. At a later date, we provide a permanent tooth-coloured filling or a tooth crown—the latter if your tooth is weak or damaged following infection or therapy. A tooth crown helps prevent breakage.

Lower Your Risks

Root canal therapy is a straightforward dental treatment that relieves your toothache and restores health to an infected tooth. However, it is always better to not have the toothache and to enjoy a comfortable smile all the time.

Regular dental visits for exams and cleans may lower your risk for root infection. Remember, your professional teeth cleaning gets rid of the tartar and bacteria that can promote root infections. Routine brushing and flossing between dental check-ups are also strongly encouraged and complement your in-clinic dental care.

Finally, if you have suffered a tooth trauma, even if there is no pain, let your dentist know. In some cases, tooth trauma from the past can mean you’ll need root canal treatment.

For Root Canal Therapy, We Are Here for You

If you have a toothache, swollen gum or blister on the gum, you may have a root infection and require gentle root canal therapy in our dental surgery.

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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. This protocol will be in place until at least the 31st May 2020. If you have any questions, please call us.