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Root Canal Treatment Port Macquarie

A root canal treatment is required when the pulp of the tooth, which contains nerves and blood vessels, becomes infected and inflamed, which is known as pulp necrosis.

This condition can be very painful and eventually may lead to a dental abscess forming. A root canal treatment is needed to remove the pulp, relieve any pain, and to save the tooth from fracturing.

The root canal treatment usually requires one or two appointments. The procedure itself is not painful, but some discomfort may be experienced during the root canal treatment and the recovery period.

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Indications for Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is performed when the pulp and nerve have been infected or become rotten.

Root canal infection can result in:

  • Redness and swelling in the face, neck, or head.
  • Recessive bone loss around the affected tooth.
  • Drainage problems may spread from the root. A hole can form on the side of the tooth, draining into the gums or through the cheek with drainage to the skin.

Signs that indicate the need for a root canal treatment:

  • Pain in the affected tooth
  • Sensitivity to extreme temperatures
  • Discolouration of a tooth due to trauma
  • Swollen face
  • Sensitive gums which are painful when chewing

The Root Canal Treatment Procedure

The first step is taking X-rays to discover the condition of the root canal and detect any signs of infection around the root.

Your Port Macquarie dentist will administer local anaesthetic to numb the area around the treated tooth.

Next, the tooth will be drilled into, to remove the infected pulp, nerve tissues, and other tooth structures.

After cleaning the root canal, the tooth is filled. You can have your tooth sealed afterwards, but you can also leave it as it is.

The last step is restoration. Dental restorations need to be placed for protection, breakage prevention, and rehabilitation.

Your Port Macquarie dentist will discuss with you the need for any additional dental work.

Root Canal Treatment in Port Macquarie

At Port Macquarie Dental Centre, we want you to have a healthy and long-lasting smile. We offer modern and effective dental treatments.

If you are experiencing extreme tooth pain, please visit your Port Macquarie dentist as soon as possible. We can restore and save your teeth with root canal treatment before it’s too late.

Root Canal Treatment in Port Macquarie

Call us on (02) 6583 1711 or book your appointment online.

We are located at 38 Buller St in Port Macquarie.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I need a root canal treatment?
A root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp of a tooth becomes infected and swollen. The various causes of infection include severe tooth decay, a fractured tooth, an injury from an accident, or a failed dental crown or filling.
What signs may indicate I require a root canal treatment?
Signs include continuous pain, extreme or prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold exposure, discolouration of a tooth after trauma, swollen face, and sensitive gums that are painful when chewing.
How long does root canal therapy procedure take?
The procedure typically takes approximately 1-2 hours, depending on the details of the procedure you’re having, and the type of tooth involved. The treatment can often be completed in a single visit. At times, a second appointment may be required.
Why would I need a dental crown after a root canal treatment?
After receiving a root canal treatment, the tooth is more likely to chip or break. To protect the tooth from further infection and to strengthen it structurally, a crown is usually placed on top of the treated root.

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