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Root Canal Treatment

Why would I need Root Canal Treatment?

When a tooth is infected, and whenever there is a sufficient amount of remaining tooth to hold a structure and put the tooth back into function or aesthetic state, the tooth can be saved instead of being extracted, by performing a root canal treatment.

Symptoms of infection:

  • Constant pain
  • Pain with hot or cold food / drinks
  • Pain while eating
  • Swelling
  • Bad taste in mouth
  • Loose tooth
  • Discoloured tooth

Process for Root Canal Treatment

The treatment typically takes two visits:

Visit 1

  • The tooth infection is removed with instruments that clean the inside of the root canal of the tooth where the nerve lies
  • Bacteria in the nerve space are the source of the infection and a paste that kills bacteria inside the root canal is used. It is left to work for at least 1 week

Visit 2

  • The paste that was previously left in the root canal is substituted for a solid filling material to seal the root canal and protect it from bacterial invasion
  • In order to prevent fracture of a tooth that has had a root canal treatment it is necessary that a protective crown be placed on the tooth

In certain cases, none of the expected symptoms might be experienced, but an x-ray might confirm the need for this treatment.

When sufficient anaesthetic has been administered, and with the right measures to calm the nerve down, a root canal treatment is as painless as having a simple filling done.

Have a look at our sedation page to find out more about how we can make you comfortable during this procedure.

Please contact us today if you have concerns about a tooth and would like to come in for a free consultation.

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