Root Canal

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a treatment utilised to fix damage within a tooth. The procedure involves drilling a hole into the tooth to remove the dental pulp. It is the soft centre consisting of connective tissue, nerves, and blood supply which extends into the roots of the tooth. The space is filled and sealed after the pulp is removed. If needed, the crown or surface of the tooth that is used for chewing may also be replaced.

Do You Need a Root Canal?

If you have a damaged or a badly infected tooth, a root canal may be a good option. The damage or infection may come from wear and tear, decay, multiple dental procedures, cracked fillings, or injuries to your teeth. Bacteria build up happens when your dental pulp is damaged and thus leads to an infection or abscess where pus may form at the end of the roots of your teeth. Root canal can save your teeth from being extracted and replaced by dentures or artificial teeth.

You may not see symptoms but signs can include –

  • Severe toothache when biting or chewing
  • High sensitivity to hot or cold that lasts longer than expected
  • Teeth darkening or discolouration
  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Signs of pus around an infected tooth
  • Face or neck swelling
  • Loose teeth

What Happens During a Root Canal?

Initially, an x-ray of the affected tooth or teeth to see the extent of the damage or infection. We will then place a rubber sheet over the tooth or teeth to prevent contamination.

After that, a local anaesthetic will be administered to numb the area around the tooth. We will then drill a hole in the tooth to remove the pulp. Depending on the tooth, it may have anywhere from one to four canals. These canals will be cleaned, shaped, and disinfected.

Cleaning and shaping the hole inside your tooth or teeth before the application of a sterile filling may take several visits. To protect the site, we will seal with temporary filling or place a metal band around the tooth or teeth.

After the treatment is completed, we will then fill your canal space with filling. Small supports may also be inserted into your root canals to make your tooth or teeth stronger. When required, we may also cap the tooth or teeth with artificial crown.

For more information about our root canal services, call 03 9870 6312 today.