Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is undertaken to treat or prevent an infection occurring insidethe tooth. Treatment may be required after extensive decay in a tooth, a deep, fracturedor leaky filling or crown, repeated replacement fillings, extensive gum disease and itstreatment, tooth injuries or a tooth that has developed a crack.

Occasionally a healthy tooth may need a root canal treatment to enable a crown to beretained (referred to as ‘elective root canal treatment’).

What to expect:

  1. Expect to be numb for 2-3 hours following treatment. It is best not to eat or drink until you are no longer numb.
  2. The tooth may be sore for a few days following treatment. This is normal and will improve as healing occurs. Take the prescribed pain medication to help with this. Also avoid hard or crunchy foods on the treated tooth.
  3. There is currently a temporary filling in the tooth. Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods in the area.
  4. Now that the root canal is done, a crown or other appropriate restoration is the next step.
  5. Continue with excellent homeware habits of brushing and flossing.