Root Canal Treatment in Avondale, Auckland
Often the most effective and conservative ways to protect patient health is to treat teeth that suffer from damage or decay. Root canal treatment in Avondale, Auckland offers an alternative to dental extraction if the pulp and nerve of the tooth develop an infection.
While root canals often have a negative reputation, you will be happy to know that we offer gentle root canal treatment in our Avondale dental clinic that includes a local anaesthetic. We are always here for you if you experience a dental emergency.
If you have a toothache or suspect a root infection, we welcome your call. Treating the problem sooner rather than later can save you pain and keep your tooth intact.
We also invite you to continue reading to learn more about our approach to root canal therapy.
- Why do I need root canal treatment?
- What if my tooth is too damaged for a root canal?
- What are the five common symptoms of a root infection?
- How do you perform root canal treatment in Avondale?
- Is a toothache a dental emergency?
- How can I lower my risks?
Why do I need root canal treatment?
If you’ve suffered tooth trauma or have deep decay in the root or dental pulp—where the nerves and blood vessels live—you will likely need a root filling or root canal treatment to restore your comfort and save your tooth. Without treatment, you risk the infection spreading to other locations or other teeth and, if the damage is significant, you may need an extraction.
The best course is to contact your Avondale, Auckland dentist when you first notice oral changes like tooth pain or sensitivity.
What if my tooth is too damaged for a root canal?
If the tooth has suffered significant trauma—broken and deeply decayed below the gumline, for example—you may need a tooth extraction. Of course, your Avondale dentist always wants to preserve your natural teeth, but if you need an extraction, we offer tooth replacement options to restore function and aesthetics.
We offer dental implants in Avondale, Auckland, because they are similar to natural teeth, replacing the tooth's root and tooth. Your dentist surgically implants your replacement root, relying on a strong local anaesthetic to keep you comfortable. When the new root has integrated with your jawbone, we provide a replacement tooth. You can also use a few dental implants to secure a bridge or denture.
A dental bridge is made up of one or two restoring teeth secured between tooth crowns. The crowns cover healthy adjacent teeth and allow the restoration(s) to fill in your smile. Like a dental implant, the bridge is a fixed restoration that can only be removed by your dentist.
Denture or Partial
A denture or partial is a prosthetic that fills in the spaces where teeth are missing. We use a full denture for full tooth loss and a partial if you have teeth remaining. Dentures and partials are removable for cleaning or during sleep.
Your dentist will discuss all options with you and make recommendations based on your specific needs and goals. However, we always recommend replacing missing teeth because of tooth migration—teeth shifting toward smile gaps—and bite issues. It is simply healthier to have a full and functioning smile.
What are the five common symptoms of a root infection?
A full evaluation with your dentist or orthodontist will be necessary to determine the proper course of treatment, but a few common symptoms point to the need for root canal treatment.
- Pain and sensitivity to hot or cold
- Blister on the gum
- Discoloured tooth
- Bitter taste
Symptoms may develop slowly and worsen over time, which is why we emphasise contacting your dentist at the first signs of trouble. At Avondale Dental Centre, we prioritise dental emergencies and arrange a booking as soon as possible to ensure that comfort and health are restored promptly. We welcome you to contact us at the onset of symptoms.
How do you perform root canal treatment in Avondale?
As with all treatment we provide, we will ensure that you receive the proper local anaesthetic for a pain-free experience. For fearful or anxious patients, we offer sedation dentistry options for a relaxing and worry-free visit.
Our dentist will make a small access point to the tooth's canal before cleaning out any diseased tissue and bacteria. We use the gold standard of endodontic treatment—rotary instruments—making treatment more successful, precise and efficient. Small, flexible titanium tips gently clean canals without damaging the surrounding tooth structure.
Once canals are cleaned and treated with medication, we fill the canal and place a temporary filling on the tooth to keep out bacteria and food particles as the body continues to heal the area.
It is normal for the tooth to feel slightly sensitive for a few days as inflammation decreases and healing completes.
Removing the pulp leaves the tooth without a blood supply, and it can become more brittle. Often, patients choose to have a dental crown placed during their follow-up appointment—as opposed to a tooth filling—to strengthen and protect the tooth from the forces of chewing. This final restoration means sealing the tooth by covering the entire structure. This makes it less susceptible to fractures caused by daily wear.
With the proper home care and treatment, a root canal in our Avondale dental practice can have you feeling healthy and comfortable again.
Is a toothache a dental emergency?
If an oral health issue is hampering your well-being or posing a risk, we always consider it a dental emergency.
We recommend contacting our dental clinic as soon as possible. A trained team member can make an assessment and arrange for you to see the dentist. Remember, a toothache is your mouth’s way of letting you know that something is wrong and requires treatment from your dentist.
A toothache does not necessarily mean you have a root infection, but it is always better to be cautious and get it checked out. And when you arrive in our clinic, the priorities will be easing your discomfort and treating your tooth as soon as possible.
How can I lower my risks?
When it comes to lowering your risks for root infection, prevention is your best friend.
Preventive dentistry means coming to our clinic on schedule for comprehensive dental exams and teeth cleans. Your dentist can find small infections or decay spots before they turn into painful issues that require immediate attention. And your teeth clean lowers your risks by removing the ingredients that lead to decay and infection.
For your part, we recommend brushing and flossing daily and always before you go to bed for the night—never sleep with debris on your teeth.
You should also protect your smile from elbows and stray balls if you compete athletically.
Of course, if you notice a sensitive tooth or other change, it’s important to contact your Avondale, Auckland dentist to discuss your symptoms and make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy.
Do You Have a Toothache or Inflammation? We Welcome Your Call to Avondale Dental Centre
Often, prompt treatment can mean the difference between saving a tooth and needing an extraction. We welcome you to get in touch at the first sign of a change in your oral health. Dr Sinan Najar, Dr David Crum and Dr Lana Nekrutenk are here for you when you need them most.