Root canal therapy is a routine dental treatment. It involves removing the infected or damaged nerve from inside a tooth, then shaping, cleaning, and disinfecting the canal before filling it with a rubber-based material to prevent re-infection. Once it’s clear that the therapy has been successful, a permanent crown is recommended to seal the tooth and restore normal biting and chewing function.
How do I know if I need root canal therapy?
Symptoms that you may need root canal therapy include:
- lingering sensitivity to hot or cold foods.
- pain in the tooth while biting or chewing.
- abscess or boil on the gums.
- severe toothache that gets worse at night.
- silent, chronic infection only detected on X-rays.
If left untreated, an infection can spread to adjacent teeth or other parts of the mouth. And in extreme cases, the complications can be life-threatening.
How long does root canal therapy take?
Our dentists have extensive experience performing root canal therapy. The treatment usually involves two visits and, in most cases, takes less than an hour. Root canal therapy is carried out in our modern Central Coast dental practice where you can even enjoy some entertainment.