Why root canal treatment?
If you have had a cavity inside your tooth, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria to grow and multiply. Without treatment, the bacteria will infect the nerve space inside the tooth and cause significant pain. This can spread to other areas of the face and cause the supporting bone of the tooth to dissolve away.
How is it done?
Root canal treatment is a procedure to treat the infection inside a tooth. It generally means the infection is very advanced and deep inside a tooth. The procedure involves gentle local anaesthesia around the tooth and flushing inside of the tooth with special medicine and antibiotics.
The procedure generally lasts 1-2 hours depending on how much infection there is inside the tooth. We finish practically all of our root canal treatments in one session. However in cases your infection is advanced, it may require 2-3 visits before all the infection is cleared.
After the root canal is complete and the infection has resolved, the tooth will require a crown due to its high risk of breakage when eating.
Should I be worried?
We understand some patients have had negative experiences with root canal treatment so we make an extra effort to guarantee your treatment is as comfortable and pain-free as possible. In most cases, we observe root canal treatments are not more uncomfortable than getting a filling— and we offer comfort options that can put you in a calm, relaxed state while performing this simple procedure.