Root canal therapy is recommended to relieve pain caused by an infection of a tooth’s pulp (often called the nerve). This treatment will allow us to save a tooth that without treatment could develop an abscess, cause severe pain and irreversible damage to the surrounding jawbone and consequently require removal.
With new treatment techniques, specially developed fine instruments and various anaesthetic options available, The Dental Practice team is able to complete your root canal therapy comfortably, allowing you to retain your own teeth for as long as possible.
Whenever possible, retaining a natural tooth is much more beneficial for your long-term oral health compared to an extraction.
An infected tooth does not always cause pain, so you may be unaware of a problem. However, as the infection develops, the severity of pain will increase. Some symptoms to indicate an infection include:
- A tooth with severe sensitivity when you bite
- Sensitivity to hot and cold that lasts for more than several seconds
- Swelling of your face or gum around the infected tooth
- A tooth with deep decay
- A fractured tooth
- A broken or missing filling
- An accident that has damaged the pulp even if the tooth itself does not appear damaged
- A tooth that has turned grey or black in colour
What does the procedure involve?
Following a thorough examination, which will include detailed x-rays, we will explain the procedure in depth and answer any questions you may have.
Root canal is done in three stages:
Stage 1: all canals are located and negotiated to the tip of the tooth root.
Stage 2: all canals are shaped to receive a root filling
Stage 3: a root filling is placed to fill the inside of the tooth
On average, root canal treatment will take one to three visits. Every effort is taken to ensure that treatment is successful and this involves placing an antibiotic dressing inside the tooth between visits.
While root canal treatment deals with the treatment and prevention of pain and infection, the tooth still remains weak and prone to breaking. As a small amount of tooth structure is often left, we usually recommend a crown to be placed on the tooth in the future to prevent fractures and possible loss of the tooth.
Aftercare for your treated tooth & root canal
An effective oral hygiene routine of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day are essential. With regular active maintenance appointments with our hygienists every six months, this will keep your teeth and gums healthy and help avoid the need for future treatment.