The team at Wainui Dental are highly experienced dentists that deal with sore teeth on a regular basis. We strive to ensure your procedure is as painless and possible. It is a common misconception that root canal treatment hurts – it commonly is carried out and is completely pain-free in almost all cases!
On your initial appointment the dentist will locate the offending tooth and take an x-ray in order to examine the roots of the tooth, to see how far the decay has traveled and if there is an abscess present.
THE FIRST APPOINTMENT
- The dentist will give you a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and the area surrounding it.
- Your dentist has to gain access to the pulp chamber.
- Once access has been gained to the pulp chamber, the dead pulp is removed from the root canals are cleaned and washed. This is to remove all the infection present in the tooth and surrounding areas.
- Once the root canals are cleaned the dentist will place a medication inside the tooth to help clear any bacteria. The tooth will be filled with a temporary filling and another appointment required or if the infection was not too serious, the tooth can be filled permanently and your treatment complete.
- The tooth may feel tender for a few days and you may need to take pain killers
- A course of antibiotics may be given to clear the abscess if it is very serious. Commonly treatment alone is enough to sort it out however.
IF A SECOND APPOINTMENT IS NECESSARY
- You will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and the surrounding tissue.
- Your temporary filling will be removed.
- The dentist will continue cleaning out the canals using the same process as before. Once the canals are clean and dry they will be filled with a material called ‘Gutta Percha’ which is placed into the root canal to ensure a perfect seal.
- An X-ray is then taken to check that the canals have been filled completely.
- A permanent filling will then be put in place.
- Your dentist may advise you to have a crown placed on the tooth to strengthen it.