Root Canal Treatment
Root 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
- Sensitivity to hot/cold – short term – irritation
- Dull ache (short duration)
- Painkillers usually provide relief
- Slight tenderness
- Sometimes no pain
- Minor damage has occurred
Irreversible Inflammation – YES
- Sensitivity to hot/cold – long term – pain
- Dull ache (long duration) – spreading along the jaw line
- Much more painful
- Tooth very tender to bite/touch
- Swelling or spongy feeling from tooth
- Bad Taste
- Sometimes no pain!
- 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.