Root canal treatment


Damaged tooth? RCT could save it

If your tooth's nerve chamber (pulp) becomes infected by decay, or damaged by injury, a root canal treatment (RCT) is often the only way to save it. Without root canal treatment, the gum and bone around the tooth may become infected and a painful gumboil or abscess can form.

Root canal treatment may be required if you have:

  • pain or throbbing while biting

  • pain when consuming hot or cold food or beverages

  • deep cavity or injury that causes an infection in the bone

  • colour change, or darkening of the tooth

  • swelling or/and pus discharge in the nearby gum.

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend you book an appointment with your dentist.

What to expect

  1. The dentist will remove the damaged or infected pulp (nerve chamber).

  2. It will be replaced with a special filler which helps protect the rest of the tooth. This filler will probably last a lifetime but you may need a new filling or a cap on the tooth.

  3. We will provide you with special home care instructions. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully and get in touch with us if you have any questions or concerns.

TIPS: What you can do

  1. Schedule regular check ups with your dentist and follow our preventative treatment plan. Treating cavities and decays early can prevent infection from reaching the nerve of the tooth.

  2. Wear a sports mouthguard, if you play sport, to protect yourself from injury.

  3. Act quickly if you have any injuries to your mouth or teeth. If you are hurt, book an appointment as soon as possible.

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