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Root Canal Therapy

Man in dental chairEndodontic treatment — or “root canal” — is a type of procedure we use when a tooth’s nerve is dying or infected. This scenario can happen if there is

  • A large cavity
  • Past trauma to the tooth
  • Cracked tooth or root
  • A visible abscess near the root tip
  • Sharp pain

To alleviate any discomfort and avoid an unnecessary extraction, we can remove the dying nerve and fill the chamber to prevent reinfection.

Is the Procedure Painful?

Getting a root canal should be a pain-free process because we completely numb the tooth during your appointment. You can expect it to feel like having a filling or crown placed, except it takes just a bit longer. By ensuring your tooth is numb, there’s no risk of sensitivity or irritation throughout the procedure. But if you still feel a bit nervous, you can request happy gas at any time.

Root canal treatments are typically scheduled across a few separate appointments that are several weeks apart. During the first visit, we clean out the infected nerves and then place medication down into the tooth. We let it set there about two weeks.

Then we have you come back to clean the tooth out again and analyse it for any pain or sensitivity. About two weeks later, you’ll come back and we will seal off the nerve canal with a filling material so that bacteria cannot reinfect the tooth.

After your root canal process is complete, it’s best to cover and protect your tooth with a crown. Crowns help preserve the integrity of your non-vital tooth structure, reducing your chances of worn-out or chipped enamel in the future.

It’s common for our patients to ask about alternative treatments to root canal therapy. Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple. Since infected nerves and abscesses affect the tissues deep inside of a tooth, endodontic treatment is usually the only solution. The other alternatives are to do nothing (which can lead to painful emergencies) or extract the tooth (leading to additional treatments such as tooth replacement).

Ultimately, it’s usually best to complete a root canal and try to save your natural tooth.

Endodontists are root canal experts. In situations where there are multiple nerve canals, twisted roots or previous root canal treatment, it may be necessary to refer you to a specialist. However, most root canal treatments are completed right here in our family dental practice!

‘But My Tooth Doesn’t Hurt’

Teeth that are dying or have infected nerve tissues may or may not experience pain. It’s common to see severe abscesses without any sign of hypersensitivity or discomfort. After all, your nerve is what’s responsible for relaying pain; if it’s damaged, a toothache may not be evident.

Since toothaches aren’t a reliable reference for determining endodontic needs, it’s important that we take an X-ray of the entire root. Special tests that evaluate for cracks or temperature sensitivity may also be used. From there, we’ll determine the extent of root infection and decide if endodontic treatment is recommended.

Gentle Root Canals

Looking for a comfortable root canal Gosnells experience? Call our gentle dentist today to schedule an exam. We’re committed to providing practically pain-free care.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

Root Canal Therapy Gosnells WA | (08) 9490-8777