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    Maroubra Clinic

    Maroubra Dental Clinic

    Office 1, 822 Anzac Parade
    Maroubra, NSW, 2035

    Parramatta Clinic

    Parramatta Dental Clinic

    The Hall, 356 Church Street
    (Corner of Church and Palmer St)
    Parramatta, NSW, 2150

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    • Mon to Thurs - 8am – 6pm
    • Fri 8am – 5pm
    • Sat 8am – 2pm
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Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy (RCT) is one of the most effective methods of saving decaying or abscessed teeth. RCTs are sometimes needed for cracked or injured teeth, as well as a tooth with a deep cavity when the damage impacts the soft dental pulp within the tooth, or issues from a previous filling. Root canal treatment involves removing the infected pulp and bacteria from the pulp chamber in the tooth. After the pulp is removed, the tooth is disinfected and sealed. This dental procedure will alleviate any pain and prevent reinfection. For the longevity of the success of the treatment, it is recommended to have a crown to prevent any premature wearing down of the tooth, as the risk of fracturing increases after a root canal.

A root treated tooth should be treated the same as any other tooth after the procedure. If you have a crown to protect the tooth, then it is important to maintain upkeep of dental care. Brushing your teeth twice a day and regular flossing, as well as cutting down on foods and drinks that contain high levels of sugar are advised and will help to improve the longevity of your treated tooth.

What is the procedure like?

Here is what you can expect when getting a root canal treatment:

  • 1) Xray: If our dental clinic suspects that a root canal is necessary, we will take x-rays to gain a better understanding of the extent of decay and damage within the tooth
  • 2) Anaesthetic: A local anaesthetic is required.
  • 3) Procedure: During the root canal, any old fillings or decay are removed from the tooth. Then an access cavity is opened up and the infected pulp is taken out. Finally, the pulp canal is smoothed and hollowed and a special medicine is placed inside.
  • 4) Filling: Since the canals of the tooth no longer have any nerves, they are refilled to prevent bacteria from re-entering the tooth.

Root canals don’t have to be traumatic. Our dentists at Maroubra Dental Avenue are equipped with the latest technology and know-how to help you make the best choice for your needs.

Root Canal Therapy Faqs

Foods high in sugar can be consumed but it is important to consider the amounts and frequency of consumption. For more information speak to your dentist about a diet which is healthy for your teeth and overall health and wellbeing.

Have regular professional cleanings and dental check-ups at least twice a year. Good oral health practice is the best safeguard against root canal treatment. Keep your teeth decay-free by brushing and flossing every day. Eating a healthy diet low in sugar and avoiding acidic beverages such as soft drinks is also recommended.

A root canal treated tooth can last a lifetime with proper dental care and hygiene practice. Good oral hygiene and regular dental exams are necessary to prevent further problems.

Teeth without living nerves tend to be more brittle and so it is important we protect your tooth with a full coverage restoration, like a crown. Crowns hold the enamel intact so that it does not chip away with regular wear. It is usually the final step of reconstruction following a root canal.

Initially, you may experience pain and swelling from an infection. Damage to the bone surrounding your tooth can also result.

The actual root canal procedure itself causes no pain as you are given a local anaesthetic before the procedure begins. However, because the treatment is performed upon an inflamed area it can be sensitive and can cause discomfort when the anaesthetic wears off. Whilst it may seem uncomfortable at first, the procedure will actually relieve the pain and discomfort.

Whilst you could have the whole tooth extracted, it’s always better to try to save it as saving the tooth can prevent other dental problems from occurring later on; these could include bite problems from teeth shifting position, difficulty eating, and loss of jawbone volume and even facial structure.

Root canal or endodontic treatment is a process whereby inflamed or dead pulp is removed from the inside of the tooth, enabling a tooth that was causing pain to be retained.

Dental pulp is the soft tissue in the canal that runs through the centre of a tooth. Once a tooth is fully formed it can function normally without its pulp and be kept indefinitely.

After removing the pulp, the root canals are cleaned, sterilised and shaped to a form that can be completely sealed with a filling material to prevent further infection. The treatment can take several appointments, depending on how complex the tooth is, and how long the infection takes to clear.

Subsequently a crown or complex restoration to restore or protect the tooth may be a necessary recommendation, as a tooth after undergoing treatment may be more likely to fracture.

If you have a damaged or injured tooth, root canal treatment may help to save it. Inside your tooth is soft tissue containing nerves, and blood and lymph vessels, known as the tooth pulp. When the pulp cannot repair itself from disease or injury, it dies. A fracture in a tooth or a deep cavity commonly cause pulp death, as the pulp is exposed to bacteria found in your saliva. When the pulp becomes infected, it is best to remove it before it spreads to the tooth and surrounding tissues. The whole tooth may be lost if the infection is left untreated. Root canal treatment can save your tooth.

Root canal or endodontic treatment is a process whereby inflamed or dead pulp is removed from the inside of the tooth, enabling a tooth that was causing pain to be retained.
Dental pulp is the soft tissue in the canal that runs through the centre of a tooth. Once a tooth is fully formed it can function normally without its pulp and be kept indefinitely.
After removing the pulp, the root canals are cleaned, sterilised and shaped to a form that can be completely sealed with a filling material to prevent further infection. The treatment can take up to four appointments, depending on how complex the tooth is, and how long the infection takes to clear.
Subsequently a crown or complex restoration to restore or protect the tooth may be a necessary recommendation, as a tooth after undergoing treatment may be more likely to fracture.

The pulp is the soft tissue inside your tooth that carries the vessels (blood and lymph), nerves and connective tissue. It extends from the crown of the tooth right to the tip of the root (in the bone of the jaw).

If the pulp cannot repair itself from disease or injury, it will die. A cracked tooth or deep cavity can allow bacteria to enter the pulp and cause pulp death. If the infection is not treated, an abscess or pus can form in the root tip. This can eventually cause damage to the bone around the teeth.

Initially, you may experience pain and swelling from an infection. Damage to the bone surrounding your tooth can also result. Without root canal treatment, your entire tooth may have to be extracted.

Root canal treatment may involve one to three visits to the dentist. A general dentist or an Endodontist (a specialist in pulp problems) will remove the pulp of the tooth. They will then clean and seal the pulp chamber and root canal/s.

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