Since the infection is located throughout the inner part of the tooth, it will need to be disinfected and thoroughly cleaned – the damaged pulp will need to be removed as well as thorough cleaning of the root canals.
You will receive a local anaesthetic to ensure there is no pain or discomfort. A latex sheet known as a rubber dam, is placed over the mouth, isolating the tooth of concern from saliva and keep the area dry during the procedure.
To reach the infected pulp, our dentist will create an opening at the occlusal (top) surface of the tooth using several dental instruments. Our dentist will remove the infected pulp and will clean your root canals using antibacterial and anti-inflammatory medicines to stop the inflammation/infection.
Note: If there are signs of abscess’, your dentist may prescribe you with oral antibiotics to get rid of them
An RCT will require several visits, our dentist will place temporary fillings inside the tooth to protect the area in between visits.
Once the infected pulp has been removed and the canals have been reshaped and cleaned, the tooth can now survive by being nourished with the surrounding tissues. Our dentist will seal off the root canals to protect the inside of the tooth and mitigate future risks.
Note: Any damage to the tissue surrounding the root will take time to completely heal. We recommend getting follow up appointments so that our dentist may monitor the healing process by getting more x-rays after the completion of the RCT.
Our dentist will then recommend a crown or cap to further strengthen the tooth’s integrity and restore normal function.
If you feel you need a Root Canal Treatment, it is crucial to get an examination by your dentist as soon as possible to prevent the spread of infection!
If you have any further questions or concerns regarding RCT, you can give our lovely receptionist a call on (02) 8056 1445 or enquire now through our website and we will find an appropriate time that suits you to consult with our lovely dentist!