Root Canal Treatments

Root canal therapy is a life saving treatment option for teeth that have become severely infected or decayed.

Root Canal Treatments

What to expect

Root canal therapy saves teeth that have severe infection or decay. At our clinic, patient comfort is our top priority during the procedure, we provide a variety of options to manage pain. Dr. Jenny and Dr. Marika ensure that root canal therapy is as comfortable as possible.

Signs and symptoms that you need a root canal

  • Sudden, spontaneous tooth pain even when not eating or drinking
  • Pain that wakes you up during the night
  • Toothache that gets worse with pressure or when eating
  • Discolouration or darkening of the tooth
  • Recurrent gum swelling
  • Tenderness in the gums
  • Severe sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures

The Procedure

A root canal treatment usually takes one or two appointments depending on the health of the tooth's pulp. We use anaesthesia to make sure the tooth and surrounding area are numb throughout the process. After full anesthesia is achieved, the infected or decayed pulp is removed and the canals are cleaned and disinfected. If needed, medication may be placed in the canals for between two to six weeks before completing the procedure to effectively decontaminate the area. A temporary filling is placed between appointments to keep the area sterile. The tooth's height may also be reduced to ensure proper bite function.

After the Root Canal

After treatment, some discomfort may be experienced for a couple of days. To avoid further pain, avoid chewing on the treated side until the tenderness subsides. After awaiting healing of a minimum of 3 months, our dentists will recommend a final restoration for the tooth, as teeth with root canals have a higher risk of fracture. A dental crown is often placed to protect the tooth from further damage.

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