Arthur Street Dental | Coffs Harbour, NSW

How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?

December 17, 2021
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Posted By: Arthur Street Dental

Are you experiencing unrelenting pain in one or more of your teeth? Or maybe your gums don’t seem right. Self-diagnosing a root canal can be difficult, but at Arthur Street Dental, we are here to determine the best way to alleviate your pain and get to the bottom of the issue.

What Are Some Common Symptoms Requiring Root Canal Treatment?

Seeking a professional opinion is generally the best way to determine if a root canal treatment is required. The infected pulp that lies within our teeth may cause pain and, if left untreated over a long time, can lead to further damage to other parts of the mouth. Some symptoms that may prompt a visit to your Coffs Harbour dentist include:

  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Abscesses in the gums
  • Small bumps that resemble pimples in the gums
  • Swelling in parts of the neck or face
  • Extreme sensitivity while eating hot foods or cold beverages
  • Painful chewing
  • Noticeably cracked, chipped teeth
  • Teeth with holes in them

Root Canal Treatment in Coffs Harbour, NSW

If you’re experiencing consistent pain, our team at Arthur Street Dental is here to help! An infection requiring a root canal treatment is considered a dental emergency. We can commonly detect infected teeth early to avoid emergency treatments. Despite the stigma around the pain associated with root canals, we prioritise our patients’ comfort with numbing agents or anaesthetics while performing potentially painful procedures. By completing an x-ray and a few other examinations, we can decide if a root canal treatment is needed and alleviate any pain promptly.

Post-Root Canal Treatment

After a root canal treatment, we encourage our patients to do their utmost to avoid any dental practices that may deteriorate the state of their oral health. Regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash combined with routine visits to a dentist can prevent the onset of more infections or other conditions.

Contact Your Coffs Harbour Dentist

We strive to alleviate our patients’ pain while getting their oral health back on track. We invite you to reach out to our practice if you are in pain or believe a root canal may be necessary.