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Saving Your Tooth, Relieving Your Pain

At Yu Smiles Dental, we understand that the mere mention of a root canal can make you a bit nervous. But, fear not! Our team, based right here in Box Hill South, is armed with the expertise and the gentle touch needed to make your root canal treatment as smooth and pain-free as possible.

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the centre of a tooth (the root canal system). It’s not about causing pain; it’s about relieving it. When the pulp inside your tooth, which contains nerves and blood vessels, becomes infected through decay or injury, it can cause severe pain and swelling. Left untreated, this infection can lead to an abscess, further pain, and even tooth loss. Root canal treatment saves the tooth by removing the infected or damaged pulp, cleaning the canal, and sealing it to protect against future infections.

Signs You Might Need a Root Canal

  • Persistent pain
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold that lingers
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Swollen gums around the tooth
  • A visible injury or crack in the tooth
  • Tenderness or swelling in the gums near the tooth

 

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, give us a bell. It’s crucial to address these signs early to save your tooth and avoid more complex procedures.

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The perception that root canal treatments are painful is a common misconception. In reality, the procedure itself is performed under local anaesthesia, which means you shouldn’t feel any pain during the treatment. The purpose of a root canal is actually to alleviate pain caused by the infected pulp inside your tooth. Post-treatment, some patients may experience mild discomfort or sensitivity, which typically subsides within a few days and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relief medication.

The duration of a root canal procedure can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the specific tooth involved. Generally, the treatment is completed in one to two visits to the dentist, with each session lasting between 30 minutes to an hour. More complex situations may require additional time or follow-up appointments to ensure the infection is fully eradicated and the tooth is properly restored.

There are several signs that could indicate the need for a root canal, including:

  • Persistent toothache or pain when chewing or applying pressure
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures that lingers after the source is removed
  • Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in the gums surrounding the tooth
  • A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to consult your dentist promptly for an evaluation.

The best way to avoid a root canal treatment is to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Avoiding deep decay, treating cavities early, and protecting your teeth from injury can also reduce the risk of needing a root canal. However, once the pulp of a tooth becomes infected or damaged, a root canal treatment is often the only way to save the tooth and prevent further issues.

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