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Root Canals at Wellness Dental Bronte

We know that nobody wants to ever hear us say that they need a root canal. But endodontic therapy is actually meant to relieve sensitivity, discomfort and preserve your tooth. Getting a root canal could be the best thing you ever did for your smile.
Illustration of cross-section of tooth

What is a Root Canal?

Root canal therapy involves a root filling process that extends further into the tooth, rather than just the crown. We anaesthetise the entire tooth for your comfort. After that, the infected or dying nerve is removed; then the open canal is cleaned out and shaped up. We’ll also place medication inside of the nerve chamber to help kill off any bad bacteria and fight the infection for your body. A temporary filling protects your tooth between the initial clean-out appointment and the secondary visit a short time later.

When we’re sure that there’s no more infection or abscess, a permanent root filling is placed. At the final visit we use advanced rotary technology to make the root canal as comfortable and quick as possible. At that point, we get your tooth prepped and impressed for a crown.

Keeping You Comfortable

Your tooth will be numb for the entire appointment, so that you don’t have to feel a thing. As with a routine filling or other restorative treatment, your comfort is extremely important to us. If for any reason you feel uncomfortable during the procedure, we can add more anaesthetic or delay the procedure. Fortunately, most endodontic therapies can be completed without any type of discomfort on the part of our patients.

Symptoms of an Abscess or Nerve Damage

You might need a root canal if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Signs of pain or frequent toothaches
  • A bubble on the side of your gums
  • Gradual darkening of your tooth
  • If you have to avoid chewing on that tooth
  • Deep decay
  • Losing a large filling
  • Leaky, old restorations
  • Fracture that extends to the nerve

The only way to know for certain whether you need a root canal is to have your tooth evaluated. We’ll take an X-ray that shows the entire root structure and bone around it. If we see that the nerve is compromised or there’s a visible abscess around the root, you will need endodontic therapy. Otherwise, covering the tooth with a filling or crown will simply trap the infection inside and make it worse.

After Endodontic Treatment

Since root canal therapy removes the nerve of a tooth, the enamel that’s left can become quite brittle. It may fracture easily with everyday use. To protect your tooth and keep it stable, we recommend placing a crown over it as soon as possible. Your cap will be made out of a durable ceramic or porcelain to hold the remaining structure together. Crowns are strong enough to endure everyday use for several years.

In Pain?  don’t suffer!

If you’re in pain or have chronic toothaches, we can get you out of discomfort as quickly as possible. Schedule a Root Canal Bronte exam today.

* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.


Root Canal Bronte, Clovelly, Waverley, Bondi NSW | (02) 9131 4112