Root Canal Therapy

Saving your teeth with Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Therapy

Saving your teeth with Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment (also called Endodontics) is needed when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected through tooth decay that is so deep that it causes damage to the nerve, or may it may be damaged by an injury to your mouth. The infection may spread through the root canal system, which could eventually lead to an abscess, causing extreme discomfort and sometimes swelling. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the tooth may need to be removed.

The Process

Using specific techniques and advanced equipment, you will receive a local anaesthetic and the treatment should feel no different to having an ordinary filling placed. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure and most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits.
Stopping The Infection Spreading
The aim of the treatment is to stop the infection from spreading and to preserve as much of your tooth as possible. During the procedure, the nerve is removed and the infection in the root canal is cleaned and disinfected. A temporary filling will be placed and the tooth will be left to settle.
At the second visit the tooth is permanently filled if there is no sign of infection and a crown may be recommended.

Having a very sensitive gag reflex and being nervous of dentists, I was so nervous when I attended the Dental Centre for the first time. Terrified. However, from Ben the receptionist and Cassandra the dentist and the dental nurses, all of them…. They were so kind, so so kind, so understanding and so patient.
Truly the best dental practice I’ve ever experienced. Such kind and gentle and patient people. I’d give you each ten stars if I could. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do. You’re all amazing. You set the benchmark for how ALL dentists should be.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Therapy

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure needed when the tooth’s nerve becomes irreversibly inflamed or infected. The procedure involves removing the bacteria in the root canals of the tooth and then sealing the tooth up again so that bacteria cannot re-enter.

What is a normal root canal recovery time?

You should experience continual gradual healing during the first week after your root canal.

Does root canal weaken my tooth?

Removing the inner section of the tooth weakens the overall structure of the tooth. But it can be reinforced with dental restorations, such as an onlay or dental crown. We will provide the right treatment to ensure the strength of your tooth after the root canal is complete.

Is it painful to have a root canal?

The root canal treatment is no more uncomfortable than having a normal filling. This treatment helps to relieve the intense pain experienced when the tooth is infected. The local area will be numbed during treatment, giving you a pain-free experience while the work is done.

Is a root canal better than tooth extraction?

An infected tooth can lead to other dental complications, which is why immediate treatment is essential. One alternative to a root canal is to extract the infected tooth. But we encourage patients to save the natural tooth whenever possible. While tooth replacement is available with bridges and implants, nothing is as good as your natural tooth. A root canal treatment allows you to keep your original tooth and avoid extraction.