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Root Canal Treatment

root canalRoot Canal Treatment is a treatment aimed at removing all damaged or infected tissue inside the tooth, relieving pain and allowing the tooth to be saved. Root Canal Treatment is required when a tooth has become damaged or infected due to a culmination of factors – e.g. deep cavity, fillings, crowns and/or a trauma. Following this treatment, the tooth may be weak and need extra support with a crown.

Many people associate this procedure with pain. However, it is usually the memory of the pain prior to Root Canal Treatment that people remember.

This treatment is delicate and time consuming (usually 90-120 mins) during which most patients feel fully relaxed and comfortable. The alternative treatment is usually extraction.

We have a Specialist Endodontic Clinic run by Dr Claudia Ramirez Bommer who treats both routine and complex cases. She will also treat patients that require pain relief without a referral.

Using state of the art equipment and high levels of surgical magnification allows for very high success rates for this treatment.

We accept referrals of patients from many dentists. We also offer intravenous sedation for nervous patients.

Please call for a Specialist Consultation if you are unsure.


Do I Need a Root Treatment?

Reversible Inflammation – NO

  1. Sensitivity to hot/cold – short term – irritation
  2. Dull ache (short duration)
  3. Painkillers usually provide relief
  4. Slight tenderness
  5. Sometimes no pain
  6. Minor damage has occurred

Irreversible Inflammation – YES

  1. Sensitivity to hot/cold – long term – pain
  2. Dull ache (long duration) – spreading along the jaw line
  3. Much more painful
  4. Tooth very tender to bite/touch
  5. Swelling or spongy feeling from tooth
  6. Bad Taste
  7. Sometimes no pain!
  8. Heavily damaged tooth

Due to the variable nature of these signs and symptoms, a full assessment is required to provide a definitive diagnosis prior to treatment.


A patient presented with a back tooth very tender to bite on and unable to sleep.

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A back tooth with an infected nerve causing pain below the tooth

The canals cleaned and sealed- the tooth is now ready for a crown

The canals cleaned and sealed – the tooth is now ready for a crown

A front tooth knocked during sport was now loose, discoloured and tender.

The infection is spreading through the tooth and damaging the supporting bone

The infection is spreading through the tooth and damaging the supporting bone

The infective tissue is cleaned out and the tooth sealed. A month later the tooth was no longer loose.

A patient with a back tooth extremely tender and a swollen face.

A tooth with a deep filling and a root filling that had only sealed 1 of the canals

A tooth with a deep filling and a root filling that had only sealed 1 of the canals

All 3 canals cleaned and sealed following a repeat root treatment.No tenderness

All 3 canals cleaned and sealed following a repeat root treatment. No tenderness

An infection is seen below a root filled tooth.

A grey circular area shows the infection below the root. An extra root was discovered and treated.

A grey circular area shows the infection below the root. An extra root was discovered and treated.

The infection disappeared as did the pain.

The infection disappeared; as did the pain.

A patient had a non healing gum boil and bad taste.

Grey area below a crowned tooth showing infection (abscess)

Grey area below a crowned tooth showing infection (abscess)

The infection has cleared following the root treatment.

The infection has cleared following
the root treatment.