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How do I know if I need a root canal?

There are several signs that might mean you need a root canal:

  • Toothache pain that goes from mild to unbearable
  • Swollen gums
  • A white spot on the gums
  • Sudden sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Decay deep within the tooth

Although many people fear this common dental procedure, a root canal is a tooth-saving treatment that is no worse than getting a cavity filled.

After completely numbing the area, Dr Narelle Van Velzen or Dr Nic Reid will make a tiny hole in the affected tooth through which she will remove the infected tooth pulp. She will thoroughly clean the area and then seal it. In most cases, she will recommend a dental crown to strengthen the remaining tooth structure. Once the living material is removed from the tooth root, the tooth tends to become brittle; a crown will ensure the tooth can withstand the force of chewing once again.

If you have a painful toothache or other symptoms, and you suspect you need a root canal, it’s best to contact our Adelaide, SA dental clinic as soon as possible. Putting off treatment can lead to the infection spreading to other teeth in your mouth, and you might even lose the infected tooth.

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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.