PROTECT AND REPAIR INFECTED TEETH
Gentle Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal therapy in Lindfield
Did you know root canals don’t cause pain, they relieve it?
A root canal is an important dental treatment that can save your natural tooth from extraction if it has become severely damaged or infected. Modern advances in both techniques and materials have made the root canal procedure less uncomfortable and more effective.
What To Expect During The First Visit
Getting started, your dentist will ensure you’re as comfortable as possible by administering local anaesthesia to numb the infected tooth. Once numbed, a small sheet of rubber or dental dam is placed around the tooth to isolate it from the others and keep it clean throughout the entire procedure.
Remove Damaged Pulp
Next, your dentist will use specialized tools to access and clean the infected area, including any damaged pulp inside your tooth and around the root. Once the infected area is completely neutralized, any remaining bacteria is flushed out with water and antimicrobial solutions to minimize any future infections.
Now that the infection is cleared and your damaged tooth is clean and dry, your dentist will refill the open area with gutta-percha, a soft, malleable rubber-like material that acts just like your natural tooth pulp and then seal the opening with a temporary filling until you’re ready to come back for a permanent replacement.
ROOT CANAL FAQS
Is it better to get a tooth pulled or have a root canal?
This is a case by case basis. For some circumstances it may be better to have a tooth pulled than to have a root canal, but in general a root canal has higher success rates. There are less ways that a root canal can become an issue after the procedure than when having a tooth pulled.
Is a root canal painful?
Root canals are commonly known to be a painful experience, however technology has made root canals much easier and much more comfortable. Dentists use anaesthesia or something to numb your tooth and the surrounding area so that there is less pain during the procedure.
Why do some root canals take multiple visits?
Most of the time root canals take two visits. The first appointment is when the infection is removed. At the second appointment the tooth is cleaned and the root canal is filled with crown. This prevents complications after the operation.