Expert Root Canal Treatment in Northland

Severe toothaches are more than unpleasant; they can single-handedly bring your day to a halt.

At Rescue Dentist, we understand that severe pain is not something you ever want lingering for an extended period of time. Therefore, we always strive to ensure that we make time to see you the day you call. If you need an urgent dental appointment in Whangarei, please do not hesitate to call.

The root cause of severe tooth pain

So where does severe tooth pain actually come from?

While there are a number of reasons why toothaches occur, the primary reason for severe pain is an infection or abscess within the tooth. Despite the common belief that a tooth is solid, the truth is that there is a pitted space in the centre; this space is filled with a softer substance known as the ‘pulp’.

The pulp is essentially your tooth’s alarm system. If your tooth is knocked, decayed, infected, or subject to a very deep filling, pain signals are fired – equating to a toothache. By the time the pain has become too intense to bear and you have decided to make an emergency dental appointment, chances are your tooth may have already begun to die.

If infection has entered the tooth, the pulp starts to die off, and in severe cases an abscess can form. While this may sound grim, the good news is that there’s treatment available to save the tooth.

While a tooth can nearly always be saved, extraction doesn’t mean you’ll be left with a gap for life – crowns, bridges, and dental implants are now commonplace procedures.

How does a root canal work?

In order to treat an abscess or severe infection within the tooth, an access cavity needs to be created. High tech tools are then used to clean the cavity, remove bacteria, and clean away any remaining remnants of dead or dying pulp. The canal is then rinsed and dried, and a rubbery material is used to seal it. The access hole is then filled and order is restored.

Contact our Whangarei clinic today

If you are suffering from severe toothache, it’s important to have your teeth seen to as soon as possible. Rescue Dentist offers effective root canal treatment in Whangarei, Northland – contact us today on 438 7694 to make an appointment.


Dr Dennis Shepherd

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