Root Canal Treatment: What To Expect

A Root Canal Treatment

A root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is concerning the softer inner tissue within teeth.

It can be daunting to consider a root canal treatment but you shouldn’t feel worried. We’ve put together a guide to educate you about root canal treatments, so you know more about the process and what it entails.


What Is A Root Canal Treatment?

A root canal treatment is a dental procedure that is most commonly used in cases where an infection has formed at the centre of a tooth and action is needed to save a tooth that would otherwise have been entirely removed.


Why Do I Need A Root Canal Treatment?

You will need a root canal treatment if you have been told by a professional that you have an infection at the centre of your tooth – the root canal. This is caused by bacteria that live naturally in the mouth but can invade a tooth.

Bacteria are able to penetrate a tooth after something has happened to the tooth that leaves it exposed or vulnerable. This could be tooth decay, leaky fillings, or damage experienced as a result of trauma (a fall, for example).

If dental x-rays show that the soft tissue in the tooth has been damaged by the infection, then you will need root canal treatment. This soft tissue will begin to die when infected. At first, the signs will include pain when eating or drinking, biting or chewing, another sign could be a loose tooth. After the soft tissue has entirely died, you will notice a sudden loss of symptoms which will later be followed by returned pain, gum swelling, oozing pus, facial swelling, and a blackened tooth.


What Is The Procedure For A Root Canal Treatment?

To remove the bacteria in the root canal, you’ll be given a local anaesthetic and your dentist will open the infected tooth at the crown. This gives them access to the soft tissue which they will remove. Once done, they will then clean and enlarge the root canal so that it can be filled.

At your next appointment, a permanent filling will be inserted into the root canal. Then it will be sealed. Sometimes, your dentist may recommend placing a crown on the tooth to give it extra protection against breakage.


Is A Root Canal Procedure Painful?

As this treatment is performed under local anaesthetic, it is entirely painless.


How Long Does A Root Canal Procedure Take?

Your front incisor and canine teeth have only a single root and one canal while your premolars and back molars have two or three roots with one or two canals to each. The more canals in your infected tooth, the longer the initial process will take.


How Long Does A Root Canal Procedure Take To Heal?

It’s common for clients to heal within just a few days but sometimes clients may experience complications that mean recovery takes a week or two.

For professional and affordable root canal treatment in Nelson Bay, get in touch with John Cropley Dentistry today. Our dental practice offers a calm and caring setting and the whole team are here to make sure you get the best results for your dental health.



Dentist Dr John Cropley

Dr John Cropley

John is the principal dentist at John Cropley Dentistry in Nelson Bay. He graduated in Dentistry from the University of Adelaide and is a long-standing member of the Australian Dental Association (ADA). He is known for his gentle, calm and caring manner and offers services in prevention-based dentistry, emergency care, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry including endodontics.

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