What is root canal treatment?

Here at Warnervale Dental we can help preserve your natural teeth with a root canal treatment.

Commonly referred to as just a ‘root canal’, The aim of root canal treatment is to save a tooth that has been irreversibly damaged due to tooth decay, disease or tooth trauma rather than just removing it.

What to expect

A root canal is typically performed in three stages, lasting between 30 to 90 minutes per session. These separate sessions can be spaced out to four weeks or can be completed in one visit. Between visits, temporary fillings and anti-bacterial elements are placed inside the tooth to help settle surrounding tissue and destroy remaining bacteria.

The procedure includes cleaning, disinfecting, shaping and enlarging the root canal and then filling of the canal. This may take several visits to complete due to complexity or may also be completed in one visit.

After the root canal treatment has been completed our highly skilled dentist will most likely recommend an indirect restoration (ceramic filling) to ensure the root canal is adequately supported to enhance the longevity for your tooth.

Signs that you might require root canal treatment include:

  • You experience spontaneous pain when chewing or biting
  • Your teeth feel sensitive toward hot and cold foods and beverages
  • Discoloration of the affected tooth
  • The gum near the affected tooth appears to be swelling
  • You have pus or a recurring pimple near the affected tooth

How do I avoid getting root canal treatment?

It usually takes a very long time before canal therapy is ever recommended to you. Warning signs of tooth decay, such as cavities, takes place months or even years before it becomes necessary to pursue such intensive treatment.

The best way to avoid getting root canal treatment and most other dental issues, is to take care of your teeth. By brushing your teeth twice and day and flossing once a day, you dramatically reduce your risk of oral health problems. It is also important to regularly visit us for regular dental check-ups every 6 months so we can monitor any issues before they become serious and clean off any plaque from your teeth.

Check out our blog on how to best take care of your dental health here!

Do you think you need a root canal?

Contact our friendly staff and book a consultation so we can bring your smile back to life!