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Root Canal

What Is a Root Canal?

Illustration of inside of toothA root canal is a treatment to repair and save a severely damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. Millions of teeth are saved every year through root canal treatment.

You will need root canal treatment if the dental pulp in the root canal has been damaged or diseased. The pulp is a soft thread-like tissue in the centre of the tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves.

Why do I Need Endodontic Treatment?

A compromised tooth nerve will cause gradual tooth pain, tooth death and resorption (shrinkage). The resorption might occur inside of the tooth itself or around the root. Eventually, the process would lead to tooth loss or an extraction.

By removing the infected nerve, cleaning the canal and sealing off the chamber, we can preserve the structure that’s still there. Getting a root canal extends the function and retention of your natural tooth. It’s the last line of defence that we have before the tooth needs to be extracted.

Should I Just Have My Tooth Removed?

Extracting a tooth creates extra space in your mouth, which can permanently alter your biting patterns and tooth alignment. Although removing a tooth could seem like a quick solution, it requires additional steps like tooth replacement treatment.

Do Root Canals Hurt?

Endodontic treatment alleviates the source of tooth pain. To ensure you’re comfortable, we’ll numb the tooth with local anaesthetic. The visit itself will be similar to having a filling, except it takes a bit more time. If you’re a little nervous about the procedure, feel free to ask us about sleep dentistry options.

What Does Root Canal Treatment Involve?

A root canal requires a few dental appointments at Total Dental Care.

The first stage involves clearing out the dental pulp from the root canal. This is done by making an opening through the back of the tooth. The root canal is then cleaned and enlarged in preparation to be filled.

A special material is inserted into the root canal and sometimes that includes a rod for structural support. Then the root canal is sealed with cement.

How Long Will the Restored Tooth Last?

A root canal treated tooth usually lasts a lifetime with proper care. It depends primarily on the quality of the individual’s oral hygiene. Good oral hygiene and regular dental exams are necessary to prevent further problems.

After Your Root Canal Procedure

Since teeth without living nerves tend to be more brittle, we need to protect your tooth with a full-coverage restoration, like a crown. Crowns hold the enamel intact so that it doesn’t chip away with regular wear. It’s usually the final step of reconstruction following a root canal.

Schedule Your Visit Today

We’d love to help restore your beautiful smile. If you are in need of a root canal, simply contact our Maroubra dental office today to learn more and schedule your appointment. We can’t wait to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.


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

Root Canal Maroubra NSW | (02) 9344 4433