WHAT TO EXPECT
What is a root canal?
“A root canal is a simple procedure aimed at saving a badly decayed or infected tooth”
This treatment is conducted over two or three appointments, and involves removing infected or dead dental pulp from the inside of a tooth. The external surface of the tooth is untouched, which means we can preserve the original bite, alignment and aesthetic of your tooth.
You may need a root canal if you have:
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold
- Pain when biting and chewing
- Facial swelling
- Swelling around the gum
- An abcess developing
- Constant throbbing in the tooth
- Discolouration of the tooth
In certain cases, the tooth can be saved with root canal treatment. During the treatment, the infected or dead pulp is removed from the tooth. Because the natural form of the tooth is preserved, we are able to preserve the original bite, alignment, and appearance of the natural tooth.
A root canal is performed in three stages:
Removal of the dying nerve and control of infection. We apply medication into the root canal to assist in eliminating bacteria.
Cleaning and flushing of the root canal. Depending on the status of the canal, more medication is applied or a filling is placed to seal the canal. More cleaning or medication may be required.
A crown is placed to rebuild the strength and appearance of the tooth. The colour of the crown is matched to the existing teeth, to give a natural, aesthetic appearance.
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How do I know if I need a root canal?
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms above we recommend you book in for an examination appointment. (enquire/get in touch button). You dentist will be able to determine if you need treatment and the best course of action.