Frequently asked questions
Why would I need root canal treatment?
There are lots of reasons your tooth might become infected – deep decay due to cavities or gum disease, cracked fillings or crowns, and damage as a result of trauma, or even teeth grinding. Root canal treatment will prevent the need for tooth extraction, which in turn can prevent further oral health problems.
What are the symptoms?
Early signs that you might need root canal treatment include toothache, acute sensitivity to hot and cold foods or liquids and discomfort when chewing. When the infected pulp dies, these symptoms may temporarily subside – but don’t be tempted to put off seeing your dentist. When the infection spreads to the root canal, those early symptoms return more aggressively, often including an abscess. If this happens, contact Stricklands Dental Fitness Centre for an emergency appointment.
Will I need to take time off for a root canal?
You can carry on as normal once your local anaesthetic has worn off, though the full healing period will take around a week – just be careful with what you eat and maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine.