Honeysuckle Dental and endodontic care
Our dental professionals are aware that many of our patients have a great deal of anxiety when it comes to dental treatments, especially in the case of root canal therapy. From our premier dental suite in Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle, our friendly team can make you feel at ease as we walk you through your procedure and offer you the most advanced and comprehensive range of pain management options.
The truth about root canal therapy
While this treatment is often assumed by many to be both a painful and complex procedure, the reality is with new developments in dental technology endodontic care can be comfortable and effective.
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure performed that replaces infected tooth pulp with fillings. The tooth pulp consists of dental cells, blood vessels, tissue fibres and nerve fibres. These are located in the hollow space in the central part of your tooth. These different elements operating within your tooth require a functional harmony to remain healthy and effective.
When this pulp becomes infected it can cause mild to severe pain and also cause damage to the tooth. If this damage is not addressed it could lead to tooth loss and the spread of the infection to the other teeth, as well as potentially causing damage to your jawbone. Treating this infected pulp is known as endodontic treatment.
Identifying the necessity for endodontic care
7 signs that can indicate that you may require root canal therapy:
- You experience spontaneous pain in your mouth
- Your teeth feel sensitive when consuming hot and cold drinks or foods
- You experience pain when biting or chewing
- You notice that one or more of your teeth feels loose
- The gum near the affected tooth appears to be swelling
- There is pus surrounding the affected tooth
- You have facial swelling
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend you organise for a consultation with our helpful team here at Honeysuckle Dental. By addressing your dental issues quickly, you can strive to ensure than minor issues do not result in major dental complications.
Virtually Pain free dentistry
We offer a range of pain management options to ensure you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile comfortably and virtually painlessly where possible. Once our dental professionals have identified the necessity for root canal therapy we will walk you through the process of your treatment to help ensure that you are comfortable and at ease. To learn more about our various pain management options please peruse our Virtually Pain Free Dentistry page.
What is endodontic surgery?
Endodontic surgery is a surgical procedure performed to remove or correct the causes of oral health problems to restore oral tissues to functional health. In most cases, endodontic surgery is related to a root canal therapy. Root canal therapy is often a sequence of treatments for the infected or damaged pulp of a tooth which results in the elimination of infection and the protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion.
What is an endodontist?
An endodontist is a dentist who specialises in the study and treatment of dental pulp. The word endodontic comes from the Greek words “endo” (meaning inside) and “odont” (meaning tooth). All dentists are trained in diagnosis and endodontic therapy; however, some teeth can be especially difficult to diagnose and treat and may require a referral to a specialist.