What is a root canal treatment and do I need it?

A root canal involves the removal of the nerve from the tooth. Treatment is a simple procedure that involves 2-3 appointments, 60-90 minutes, 3-4 weeks apart. The first stages of the root canal involves removing the nerve, placing antibiotics and cleaning out the root canals. The final stage involves filling the canals and placing a permanent filling or crown over the top, to prevent future breakage. At each appointment, the tooth will be numb with anaesthetic.
Root canal treatment is the best long-term treatment option if the nerve is infected and the patient does not wish to remove the tooth completely. This means that not everyone needs a root canal. Treatment is only necessary if the patient is experiencing pain in a particular tooth. Pain may come in the form of an abscess, decay, or sensitivity (particularly to hot, cold or when chewing). Discolouration and inflammation in the face are also common signs to look for.
Despite common misconceptions about root canals being painful and unsuccessful, they can save time and money in the future if managed correctly. If you would like more information on  root canal treatment please contact the team at Pimpama City Dental Centre to organise a consultation.

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