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Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

Effective Protection Against Tooth Loss

Root Canal Treatment

A persistent toothache that just won’t go away can be a sign of tooth decay that has advanced deep into the tooth’s pulp and permanently damaged the nerve and is causing inflammation. This inflammation or ‘pulpitis’, if caught early, may be fixed with a filling. However, in severe cases or when an abscess is present, we can remove the pulp, sterilise the root canal and save your tooth.

This is known as a root canal treatment.

How a root canal treatment works

Having root canal treatment involves your dentist removing the infected pulp material from the root of the tooth. The area will then be cleaned and sealed to prevent any further damage.

They will then restore your tooth to a more natural looking state with a crown or a filling, depending on the amount of material removed during the treatment and the strength of the remaining parts of the tooth.



Do root canals hurt?

All our dentists in the DJ Maguire Dental Group are highly skilled and trained in the most advanced techniques and technologies. They will do their very best to make the treatment as pain free as possible. Local anaesthesia will be used to numb the affected area and will ‘settle’ the tooth, if necessary, with a sedative dressing, anti-inflammatory drugs and/or antibiotics before starting the treatment.

Will the pulpitis come back?

Recent advances in techniques allow our dentists to have very high success rates so it’s not likely the problem will return. However, by keeping the area clean with a good oral hygiene routine, you can help reduce the chances even further. However, despite everyone’s best efforts, there are, unfortunately, times when the infection returns and the treatment needs to be repeated.

Will my tooth become weaker after the treatment?

During the root canal treatment we will remove a significant amount of material from deep within the tooth itself. Therefore, we may recommend restoring and protecting the remaining natural tooth with a crown to provide extra support and help prevent any cracking or breaking.