Root Canal Treatment
At Beale & Cullen Dental, we have found that when patients learn they need root canal therapy due to toothache, they associate this tooth-saving treatment with pain.
In actuality, root canal treatment relieves pain, especially when you seek treatment here in our Christchurch dental practice where we prioritise patient comfort for every type of procedure.
While a full examination is the only way to know that root canal treatment will heal your painful tooth, common symptoms can indicate an infection.
- Swelling (inflammation)
- Discolouration of the tooth
- Sensitivity to heat
- Pain with pressure
- A small lesion on the gum tissue
- Facial or jaw swelling
Treating an infection quickly will not only help you feel better, but it can also mean the difference between saving your tooth and extraction. We invite you to get in touch with us to arrange an emergency visit.
Why Root Canal Treatment Is Needed
Infection can occur anywhere in the body, including inside the pulp of the tooth. The pulp, located in the canal of the tooth, houses the blood supply and nerve fibres. This is why many people associate root canals with discomfort – because an infection near the nerve feels awful.
A root canal resolves pain and protects oral health by removing the infection and damaged tissue, leaving your body able to heal and relieving often dramatic symptoms.
How Root Canal Treatment Works
In many cases, we will perform your root canal treatment right here. For complex cases, we may recommend a visit to a specialist endodontist.
Root canal treatment typically takes two appointments. The first visit will relieve your pain and begin the healing process, and the second visit will complete your treatment by placing a dental crown on the tooth.
After helping you feel comfortable in the chair and applying anaesthetic, one of our skilled dentists, Dr Richard Beale or Dr Louisa Cullen will make a small access into the tooth.
They will then remove all signs of infection along with the pulp inside the tooth and apply medication to assist with healing.
Filling the canal will help prevent reinfection and improves stability. Finally, a temporary filling will seal the tooth until it heals completely.
In most cases, patients will feel some residual sensitivity for a couple of days, but you should feel gradually better until you soon feel like yourself again. We will arrange a follow-up visit for a check-up to make sure your tooth is healed and to place a final restoration.
Root Canal Restorations
When we remove the pulp from the tooth, it eliminates the blood supply, meaning the tooth may become brittle. It is for this reason that a dental crown is the most common restoration recommended to protect a root canal-treated tooth from breaking.
Root canal therapy combined with a dental crown can add years, even decades, onto the life of your tooth.
Are You Experiencing a Dental Emergency?
Our friendly and professional team puts even the most nervous patients at ease. Don’t let a fear of the dentist keep you from seeking the dental treatment you need to protect your smile. Contact our Christchurch dental practice and relax while we take excellent care of you and your smile.