Dr Matthew Kinsella General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

The Root Canal Process

June 20, 2022
Posted By: Dr Matthew Kinsella Staff

Root canal therapy often makes people shake in their boots, but it's a sometimes necessary treatment that relieves tooth pain and protects one's smile and health. At the dental practice of Dr Matthew Kinsella, our team offers gentle root canal therapy in West Perth. With root canal therapy, patients can restore their natural smile, and they can once again enjoy comfortable eating, chewing, speaking and socialising. 

What Is a Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, removes damaged or diseased dental pulp and restores a tooth's function, comfort and strength. A root canal saves the affected tooth and prevents the spread of infection by cleaning and reshaping the canal. 

Each tooth's pulp includes the tooth's nerves, blood vessels and nutrients. When the pulp is diseased or damaged, it can lead to other issues, such as dental pain, spreading infection, tooth loss and more. Fortunately, modern root canal treatment can effectively solve this problem without adding to the pain and discomfort of the vulnerable tooth. 

Why Might I Need a Root Canal?

An untreated root canal infection can lead to:

  • Dental abscess at the tooth's root
  • Bone loss and deterioration
  • Severe pain 
  • Tooth loss

A root canal infection can also affect neighbouring teeth and result in the following:

  • Increased pain
  • Swelling of the neck and face
  • Infection spread

How Does Root Canal Treatment Work?

Your dentist starts by numbing the area of concern to reduce pain or discomfort. They then access the tooth's pulp and remove it gently, eliminating damage or disease. Once the pulp and tooth's nerves are removed, your dentist cleans and seals the tooth for protection. Finally, they place a custom dental crown over the tooth to restore strength and function. Unlike in years past, modern treatments like root canals can save a natural tooth from additional damage, disease or loss––all while maintaining your natural, one-of-a-kind smile. 

Root Canals in West Perth

Do you have an infected tooth? If so, our dental team encourages you to seek treatment before the situation progresses. Our West Perth dental practice provides patients with gentle root canal therapy and high-quality restorations. We welcome your call at (08) 9321 6449