What to Expect During Root Canal Treatment

What to Expect During Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment has an unfair and unfounded reputation for being painful when the opposite is true. Therapy with our Root Canal Dentist in Northern Beaches is a gentle undertaking that rids your tooth of pain whilst restoring its health.

When you need Root Canal Treatment NSW, we provide gentle care and use the latest techniques and technologies to put you at ease.

If you need Root Canal Treatment in our dental clinic, it is because you have an abscessed tooth or an infection deep in your tooth’s canal.

Let’s look at the symptoms of a root canal infection and how we treat the situation for the best results.

Symptoms and Causes of a Root Canal Infection

If you have a tooth infection, you likely have a toothache. With root infections, the pain can be excruciating. It can start mild and increase throughout the day, almost sneaking up on you. We encourage you to contact our dental clinic before this happens.

In rare cases, you’ll not have as much pain if the tooth nerve is dead or damaged. Additionally, your Warriewood dentist may diagnose an emerging infection during a routine check and clean before it causes too much pain.

However, even if you don’t have significant pain, there are other signs to look for, including:

  • Swollen jaw
  • Swollen face
  • Dark-coloured tooth
  • Blister or pimple on the gum

If you have any of these symptoms, we encourage you to contact our dental clinic as soon as possible to book an emergency dental visit. Without treatment, the pain will likely worsen, and the infection may spread, costing you your tooth.

Root canal infections mean bacteria have reached the root (or the canal) that protects the tooth’s pulp, nerves, and lifeblood. Bacterial penetration may result from any of the following:

  • Oral injury
  • Split or cracked tooth
  • Untreated tooth decay
  • Gum recession
  • Other

Root Canal Treatment in Our Dental Clinic

If you come to our clinic and need root canal therapy, you likely booked an emergency dental visit. In this case, we work quickly to ease your pain after assessing and adequately diagnosing the infection.

After we numb the treatment area, your dentist uses a special instrument to remove the infected materials from the tooth’s root. After ensuring we have cleared everything, your dentist rinses the canal and temporarily seals the tooth. In most cases, you will have significant pain relief following the procedure.

You come in for a permanent restoration at a future visit—usually in a week or two.

Typically, you”ll need a dental crown because a root canal procedure weakens the tooth’s structure. Our crowns are custom-coloured and shaped to look like your natural teeth.

If the infection is minor or diagnosed early, your dentist may use a tooth-coloured filling instead.

After anaesthesia wears off, you may experience mild discomfort later that day or even into the next day. This is normal, and you can usually knock it out with a store-bought pain reliever.

Root Canal Treatment Costs

Root canal costs will vary due to the complexity of your treatment and whether you need a crown or filling.

United Dental Care offers various ways to pay and has on-site HICAPS. We can also help you access your Super for Root Canal Treatment. Additionally, the government’s Children’s Dental Benefit Schedule covers root canals for kids.

Lower Your Risks for Root Canal Infections

  • Visit the dentist on schedule for dental check-ups and professional teeth cleans.
  • Brush and floss your teeth daily to help prevent tooth infections, decay, and gum disease.
  • Wear a mouthguard if you play sports and a nightguard if you grind your teeth.
  • Report tooth sensitivity and other health changes to your Warriewood dentist.

TIP: When you brush your teeth, be thorough. Clean all sides of every tooth and spend at least two minutes. When you floss, always use a fresh section of string as you move along.

Do You Need a Root Canal in Northern Beaches?

If you have a toothache or other symptoms of infection, we encourage you to contact our dental clinic to book an emergency dental appointment today. Our compassionate team will see you through the pain and work to restore your oral health.

We offer periodic packages and dental specials in Northern Beaches!