Root Canal Treatment

A woman in need of root canal treatment near Barossa ValleyIf you are like most people, you hope never to hear the dreaded words 'you need a root canal' from your dentist. But the good news is that there is nothing to fear from this much-maligned dental procedure. Not only is the process no worse than getting a run-of-the-mill filling, but when you choose a dental clinic such as Gawler Clinic in Gawler, SA, you have the benefit of caring, experienced dentists.

When you wake up with a mild toothache that quickly becomes excruciating, don’t hesitate to contact us. For a painful tooth infection, a root canal is a tooth-saving procedure that will eliminate your pain and more than likely will save your tooth.

Signs You May Need a Root Canal

In many cases, the first sign that a root canal is necessary is a severe toothache. You might have other symptoms as well, including:

  • Pain in a tooth when you bite down on it
  • A tooth that has suddenly become hyper-sensitive
  • Darkening of a tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in one spot of the gums
  • A white spot that appears on the gum

None of these signs will go away on their own, so it’s crucial that you get immediate dental treatment if you want to save your tooth from needing extraction.

What the Root Canal Procedure Entails

Most people probably associate root canals with dental pain because of the toothache that usually precipitates the need for treatment. But since we numb the area before beginning treatment, the procedure itself is virtually pain-free.

When you are fully numb and comfortable, your dentist will create a tiny hole in the affected tooth. This will enable us to remove any infected material, including the pulp and nerves. The area will be fully cleaned, sanitised and rinsed with an antibiotic to ensure the infected material is removed. Then your dentist will fill the tooth root and seal it. In most cases, we recommend a dental crown after root canal treatment.

Why You May Need a Dental Crown After a Root Canal

Because we remove the living tissue from the tooth root after a root canal, there is a tendency for the tooth to become brittle. A dental crown, which fits the tooth like a ‘cap,’ will strengthen the tooth and ensure it can withstand the powerful force of chewing.

We offer CEREC same-day dental crown technology at our Gawler, SA dental surgery so that you can get your crown after root canal therapy. With digital impressions and crown fabrication right in our dental clinic, we can complete your treatment all in the same appointment.

We Invite You to Call Us if You Need a Root Canal

If your tooth hurts, you may need a root canal. Don’t put off arranging an appointment. Tooth pain is never normal, and the sooner you receive treatment, the quicker you will be out of pain and the better the chances we can save your tooth.