Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment allows us to save an infected tooth damaged by decay, fracture, or an abscess.

What is Root Canal Treatment?

A root canal is a dental procedure to treat infection or inflammation in a tooth or set of teeth. Specifically, a root canal involves working with the pulp — the soft tissue inside your teeth that contains nerves and blood vessels.

A root canal may be required when the pulp inside the tooth becomes infected or inflamed, which can be caused by a variety of factors such as tooth decay, deep fillings, trauma, or cracks in your teeth. The procedure involves:

  • Removing the infected or damaged pulp.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth.
  • Filling it with a special material to prevent re-infection.

The tooth is then sealed with a filling or a crown to restore its strength, integrity, and appearance.

A dentist typically performs root canals in our office. In rare instances, we may refer a patient to an endodontist, a dental specialist who focuses on diagnosing and treating problems with the tooth’s pulp.

Benefits of Getting a Root Canal

Previously, root canals were a major procedure, but they have become relatively standard in dentistry. There are many advantages to this treatment as a root canal:

Indications for Root Canal Treatment

Signs that a root canal may be needed include severe toothache, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, swelling or tenderness in the gums, darkening of the tooth, or a small bump on the gums near the affected tooth.
Other Indications for root canal treatment include:

If you ever have a concern about your oral health, we recommend seeking an expert opinion at our practice as soon as possible. If you require a root canal, it’s best to resolve the issue before it worsens.

What to Expect at Your Root Canal Treatment

Our specialists use the latest rotary techniques to ensure a safe, comfortable, and efficient root canal treatment.

During a root canal, we first numb the area around the tooth to minimise any discomfort. A root canal is not typically painful, as we use local anaesthesia to keep you comfortable. Some patients may experience mild discomfort or sensitivity afterward, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

Next, we will make a small opening in the top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. We will carefully remove the infected or damaged pulp, then clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth. Finally, we fill the hole with a special dental material and seal it with a filling or a crown — which may be placed at a follow-up appointment.

You can expect that the entire treatment will take one to two hours to complete; however, this depends on the complexity of your case.

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Root Canal Treatment Aftercare

What to Know After Your Root Canal Treatment

Following treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive for a few days. You will also need to avoid hard or crunchy foods for a few weeks to allow the tooth to heal.

A tooth with a root canal can last decades or a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. However, the tooth may still be at risk for other problems, such as decay or gum disease. Regular visits to the dentist for cleanings, as well as good oral hygiene practices at home, are important to keep the tooth healthy.

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A healthier smile comes from taking care of your oral health. If you notice any irregularities, feel pain or discomfort, or have aspects of your teeth and gums you want to be examined, get in touch with our dental practice.