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The length of your treatment will depend on a few factors and sometimes requires multiple dental visits.

A root canal treatment is a dental procedure used to treat infections in the tooth’s pulp. The treatment can take from one to three visits, depending on the severity of the infection. During the first visit, your dentist will remove the infected pulp and clean and seal the inside of the tooth. In some cases, a temporary filling may be placed. During your second visit, if necessary, your dentist will replace the temporary filling with a permanent filling.

If further treatment is required, a third visit may be necessary to place a crown on top of the tooth. The treatment has a reputation for being painful but can actually go a long way in resolving discomfort caused by decay and infection, and can considerably improve overall oral health.

Read on to find out more about root canal treatment, and what the process involves…

What does root canal treatment involve?

During a root canal treatment, the damaged pulp is removed from inside the affected tooth. The tooth is then sealed again to prevent bacteria from re-entering the area. The treatment is performed under local anaesthetic, so you won’t feel anything during the procedure itself.

Root canal treatment is usually recommended when it is necessary to remove damaged or decayed tissue from the root canal. The treatment often helps to prevent the need for extraction, as well as further damage and severe infection.

How long does the root canal take?

The process of removing damaged pulp and sealing the affected tooth usually takes around 90 minutes to complete, but the length of the procedure will depend on the extent of the damage. The process can be fairly lengthy because your dentist will need to clean, rinse and disinfect the nerves of your teeth, and some of the teeth have more than one pulp canal.

The length of your root canal treatment will depend on which tooth you are having treated. The molars, for example, are the most time time-consuming because they have multiple canals. The canines and the incisors, on the other hand, only have one root — for this reason, they are usually much quicker to repair.

In many cases, the treatment process requires multiple visits to your dentist. During your first visit, your dentist will remove the infected tissue from your tooth and place a temporary filling. Your dentist will recommend that you come in for a follow-up appointment to have a permanent filling placed, and it may also be necessary to have a dental crown placed in a third appointment. A dental crown can help protect the affected tooth from further damage, strengthening its overall structure, and restoring both the appearance and function of the tooth.

How can we help?

At Oracare, we offer a broad range of dental treatments, including root canal therapy. If you have experienced any of the symptoms of an infected root canal, including persistent toothache; temperature sensitivity; discolouration of the tooth; swollen gums; a loose tooth; or pain when chewing; we encourage you to come in and see us. We will examine your teeth and let you know if root canal treatment is appropriate for you. We will explain the process in detail to you and let you know what to expect from the recovery process.

If you would like to find out more about root canal treatment and what it involves, please have a look here.  

We also provide a range of other dental treatments, including children’s dental care; preventative dentistry; oral surgery; orthodontics; dental emergency services; and laser dentistry. If you would like to find out about our full range of services, please have a look here.

If you would like to arrange a consultation with us, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on (07) 3286 6914 or get in touch with us here.