Root Canal Therapy

Root canal treatment is PAIN FREE, there is nothing to be afraid of! Root canal therapy is needed if decay has spread to the tooth nerve (pulp chamber), or if a crack has developed down into the root of the tooth. Root canal therapy is done over a number of visits, depending on the reason for having the treatment.

How does the process work?

  1. The tooth is first cleaned and medicated to alleviate symptoms.
  2. Once Dr Kimberly Ivett is satisfied the tooth has settled, she will then commence cleaning, reshaping the canals, and place new medicine in the tooth.
  3. At the final root canal therapy appointment, Dr Kimberly Ivett will insert a new synthetic lining into the root canal to stabilise the tooth.
  4. For best long-term prognosis of the tooth, a porcelain crown is recommended

Root canal treatment is a very delicate process and must be completed to ensure the tooth doesn’t become inflamed (re-inflamed) or infected (reinfected). Nothing is ever as good as the original teeth you were born with.

If the tooth can be saved by undergoing root canal therapy, it’s a worthy investment in yourself.

When is root canal treatment necessary?

Root canal treatment is recommended in cases of:

  • infection caused by deep decay or a large filling
  • advanced gum disease
  • trauma, such as a blow to a tooth or constant striking of a tooth by teeth on the opposite jaw
  • a fracture in the tooth, allowing bacteria to enter
  • teeth grinding

The symptoms of damaged, diseased, or inflamed dental pulp requiring root canal treatment include:

  • pain and pressure at the site of the tooth
  • hot and cold sensitivity
  • mobility of the tooth
  • swelling and tenderness in the gums surrounding the tooth
  • discolouration or darkening of the tooth
  • the presence of pus at the site of the tooth
  • facial swelling

A diagnosis for root canal treatment is made on the basis of symptoms reported by the patient, an examination of the tooth, and x-rays of the tooth.

Have questions before you book an appointment?

We’re happy to answer your questions.