Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is generally required when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth is infected through decay or injury
Grown man smiling joyfully following his successful Root Canal Treatment at Lumina Dental.
Keeping your natural teeth as long as you can is considered the best solution for your oral health and function and may save you from needing to spend costly amounts on replacements for your missing tooth.
Decades ago, having a toothache meant having the tooth extracted. Today, most teeth with infected nerve tissue can be saved by performing what we call a root canal treatment.
Root canal treatment is generally required when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth is infected through decay or injury.
Root canal treatment relieves patients from experiencing unwanted toothache by cleaning, medicating and filling the root canals.
You may not know if you need a root canal treatment but if you are experiencing or have experienced the following, feel free to come in for a

– Toothache on pressure
– Loose or mobile tooth
– Sensitivity to cold or hot
– Swelling or tenderness in the gums surrounding the tooth
– Discolouration or darkening of the tooth
– Presence of pus at the site of the tooth
– Swelling of the face or jaw area

How do I get started?

1. Consultation and treatment plan

If you have been recommended or thought about getting a root canal treatment, you will first have an initial consultation or already have a treatment plan about your root canal treatment procedure. The dentist will explain the limitations and expectations of this procedure for your specific situation. This appointment will be a great time for you to ask any questions or raise any concerns you may have!

2. Extirpation - First appointment

At your first appointment, a small opening on top of the tooth will be made to locate and clean the root canals with small files. Then the canals will be rinsed with an antibacterial solution to eliminate the bacteria and medication will be placed inside the canals. The medication will be left inside the tooth and then a temporary filling on top will be placed until your next visit. This initial step will relieve you of the intense pain you may have been experiencing.

3. Instrumentation – Second appointment

At your second appointment, usually in 1-2 weeks, the canals will be cleaned more thoroughly and the dentist will eliminate any remaining bacteria and infection left inside the root canals. Measurements of the length of the root canal will be taken and x-rays to confirm, ready for the canals to be filled at the next appointment. Another temporary filling will be placed until your next visit.

4. Obturation – Third appointment

At your third and last appointment, usually in 1-2 weeks or when there are no more signs and symptoms of soreness or discomfort, the root is then filled. At this appointment, you can either place a temporary filling or a permanent filling on the treated tooth. After you have completed your root canal treatment, it is best to have a consultation about getting a crown placed to provide maximum protection for the weakened tooth for the long term.

Book your root canal treatment consultation now!

Schedule a consultation to discuss our services at Lumina Dental Clinic. Simply click “Book an Appointment” or call (02) 8668 4411 to book a time to our friendly team. We look forward to hearing from you!
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