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Root Canals

Sometimes, a cavity or crack reaches too far into a tooth to be repaired with a filling or crown. Endodontic therapy (root canal treatment) is a type of procedure that repairs the inside of a tooth, preventing additional deterioration and infection.

Do I Need a Root Canal?

Illustration of cross-section of toothUsually people come to us for a root canal due to one of two reasons. Either they’re in pain because of an abscess, or something is annoying them but there are no significant symptoms.

Dr Mark Chung (Dentist) will recommend endodontic treatment if:

  • There is an active abscess
  • The tooth is cracked
  • Decay reaches into the nerve chamber
  • The nerve is necrotic (starting to die)

While cavities and cracks can lead to abscesses, so can older, large fillings that are starting to leak. Traumatic injuries such as a blow to the mouth may not result in nerve death until several years after the accident.

Sometimes, teeth are in a borderline condition that may not warrant a root canal. If that’s the case, we’ll recommend the best route of care. If you decide to move forward with a root canal on a critical tooth, but the tooth still fails, we will put your investment towards a dental implant.

Your Root Canal Treatment

A typical root canal is spread out across two visits. During the first phase, Dr Mark will remove the dying nerve and disinfect the empty chamber inside your tooth. After the canal is shaped and the source of your pain is gone, we can finish the procedure by filling in the canal to block out any reinfection.

Typically — and especially on back teeth, which are load bearing — we’ll need to put a crown over your tooth to protect it. However, front teeth only have one nerve canal so there may only be a single access point; if that’s the case, a small filling may be all that’s needed. Dr Mark prefers crowns on all root canal teeth since they have a higher risk of fractures.

Each of the two visits take about an hour each. Dr Chung incorporates special equipment to ensure a thorough and efficient experience.

What You Need to Know

There’s a common misconception that having a root canal completed is painful. Typically, the main issue is the difficulty of numbing these teeth because of their inflamed nerves. Dr Chung takes out extra time to ensure your tooth is thoroughly anesthetised, so that the overall procedure is quite painless. It’s not uncommon for people to fall asleep once we start the treatment.

Preserving Your Smile

Getting a timely root canal can help you avoid an unwanted tooth extraction (and future replacement). Treating active abscesses isn’t just important for your infected tooth, it also limits the risk of the infection spreading into adjacent areas of your mouth.

Schedule an Exam

If you suspect a dental abscess or have a tooth that’s starting to turn dark, schedule a Root Canal Artarmon consultation today.

* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Root Canal Artarmon, St Leonards, Chatswood NSW | (02) 9419 7484