Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Treatment may be required when a tooth has extensive or deep decay close to the nerve, is cracked, broken, or injured and the delicate nerve at the centre of teeth has become irreversibly damaged possibly leading to an abscess.
What are the symptoms that I may need a Root Canal?
Most common signs that a tooth may require a root canal are:
- Severe pain /throbbing in the tooth
- Increased sensitivity to hot or cold that lasts
- Swollen or sore gums
- Darkening of the tooth
- Facial or neck swelling
There are also times when no symptoms will be present.
What is involved in a Root Canal?
Root canal treatment involves the cleaning of infected pulp from the canal that runs down the centre of each root. Once the cleaning of the root canal is completed, a filling material is used to fully seal the cleaned canal or canals depending on the number of roots.
After a Root Canal, the tooth can become weaker which increases the chance of the tooth breaking during normal use. To strengthen the tooth, a crown is normally fitted after the treatment is completed.
Crowns, also known as caps, cover the entire tooth surface and allow the tooth to be used normally reducing the risk of breaking. Not all teeth are suitable for this treatment and careful examination and treatment planning is required.
For very complex or difficult cases, we have an option to refer patients to a root canal specialist known as an Endodontist.
Need an appointment?
To book your appointment please call 07 5479 4499 or by book online.Contact Us