After a consultation and x-rays, your dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding jaw with anaesthetic and then attach a dental dam (to isolate the tooth and stop debris falling into your throat). The following steps will then be performed:
- Your dentist will drill into the tooth and clear out the pulp chamber and root canals. A root canal on crowned tooth can also be performed in the same way
- The canal is disinfected and then shaped with tools
- Gutta-percha and adhesive filler are inserted into the canals
- The access hole is resealed, and antibiotics are prescribed
If you require a crown, you will be given a temporary filling and be asked to return to have it fitted after the initial procedure has healed. A molar root canal is slightly more uncomfortable than a canine or front tooth, but you will be sufficiently numbed, so the discomfort only stems from sitting for some time with your mouth wide-open. You may feel some discomfort for a few days afterwards, but this can usually be alleviated with some over-the-counter pain medication.
Sure, root canals can be a little uncomfortable, but with our skilled root canal specialists at the helm, they have a 90% success rate and can actually be more relaxing than a basic filling, and certainly less traumatising than the alternative – an extraction. If you think you need a root canal, contact us for an assessment and rest assured you’re in good hands.