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When Root Canal Treatment is Needed

woman having a root canal treatment

The most common reason a person will need to have a root canal is because a cavity has reached the nerve or innermost part of their tooth, causing an infection. An abscess may be visible on the gums, due to the swelling.


The only way to rid a tooth of an infected nerve is by performing a root canal or extracting the tooth.


Signs that You May Need Root Canal Therapy

Most of the time if our dentist in Wantrina South tells you that you need a root canal, it isn’t a surprise.  That’s because there are usually symptoms that lead you to believe that you may need such treatment.

You should call our dentist to see if you need a root canal if you’re experiencing any of these signs:


  • Severe, spontaneous pain that lingers and wakes you up at night
  • Sensitivity when something hot touches your tooth
  • Pain when you chew
  • A visible pimple-like fistula on the gum
  • A bad taste in your mouth
  • Puss in your mouth



What Does Root Canal Therapy Entail?

If you’re told that you need root canal therapy, then this means that our Wantrina South dentist will need to remove the nerve from within the affected tooth.  In order to do this, we’ll make a small opening in the top portion of your tooth to access the nerve within and remove the nerve with special tools.  Then the nerve canals are disinfected and sealed to ensure that bacteria don’t re-enter. Finally, the opening will be filled in and a crown made to cover the tooth.



Are Root Canals Successful?

For the most part, root canals are highly successful.  However, there are some cases where they aren’t. A severe infection, a fractured tooth, or a tooth that’s infected and has had previous root canal therapy are challenging to deal with.



Prolong the Life of Your Teeth

Studfield Dental Group professionals use the latest technology to help make your root canal experience a success. If you’ve been experiencing any of the above symptoms, then give us a call today.