Extractions and Root Canal Treatment
If you have ever experienced a toothache, you know how the pain can make it difficult to eat, sleep and concentrate.
When a tooth hurts, it is an unmistakeable signal that something is wrong. Since toothaches rarely improve without proper treatment, contacting our Coffs Harbour dental clinic as soon as pain develops will allow us to treat the problem so you feel comfortable again.
We strive to treat dental emergencies on the same day.
Dr Justin Ward will save natural teeth whenever possible, but sometimes a tooth will not respond well to any treatment and will continue to cause pain. In these cases, removing the tooth is the best way to protect the surrounding teeth and restore your comfort.
Teeth may require extraction for a number of reasons:
- Severe damage
- Deep decay
- Infection or abscess
- Symptomatic wisdom teeth
Removing a tooth does not have to mean the end of a beautiful smile. At Arthur Street Dental, we provide our patients with many tooth-replacement options to choose from:
- Dental implants
- Partial dentures
- Complete dentures
- Implant-retained dentures
A complete exam and consultation will give you an opportunity to discuss the process with Dr Ward. He can offer a wealth of information that will benefit you when making your decision.
Root Canal Treatment
Sometimes, root canal treatment can save a tooth from extraction. Many people associate root canals with pain, but these symptoms are actually related to the infection, and a root canal can provide welcome relief.
Common symptoms that may indicate a root canal is needed include:
- Swelling near the tooth or jaw
- Sensitivity to pressure or temperature extremes
- Facial pain
- Tooth discolouration
- A hole or white bump on the gums
Root canals require prompt attention and will improve the chances of successful treatment. An emergency dental exam can determine if your tooth needs a root canal.
What to Expect at Your Appointment
Diagnosing a root canal infection requires an x-ray and a few simple tests. We prioritise patient comfort and will completely numb the tooth so that you do not feel pain during the procedure.
Once the need for a root canal is determined, Dr Ward will use small cleaners to remove the infection from inside the tooth along with all damaged tissue. By eliminating the source of the problem, your body will begin to heal. To complete the process, Dr Ward will seal the tooth. In most situations, a dental crown provides the best protection.
Most patients report little discomfort after root canal treatment, but some tenderness when biting is normal. It should improve within a few days.
Get in Touch
If you have a toothache, our Arthur Street Dental team is here to help you feel like yourself again. Whether you are currently a patient or you’re looking for a new dental clinic for your family, we welcome you to contact us.