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Root Canal at Wynyard Dental Clinic

illustration of root canalOur family practice offers a variety of restorative options to suit your oral health needs. Sometimes, it means taking a more comprehensive approach to treatment specific teeth to avoid an extraction or chronic pain. Endodontic therapy (root canal treatment) is one such example.

During a root canal, we remove the dying or infected nerve from inside your tooth to eliminate the discomfort and swelling. Doing so allows you to preserve your natural teeth instead of automatically resorting to having them removed.

Who Needs a Root Canal?

Some of the reasons why we recommend root canals over other types of dental restorations include:

  • Abscessed teeth
  • Cracked roots
  • Decay that extends into the nerve
  • Tooth hypersensitivity
  • Chronic pain and toothaches
  • Severe fractures or wear

After your root canal, you’ll need to have a crown made to go over your tooth. Although the endodontic procedure treats infection, the tooth is no longer alive. Non-vital teeth tend to be weaker and more brittle, so getting a crown will ensure that you can bite and chew as normal without any unwanted side effects.

What Happens During Treatment?

An endodontic procedure is a bit longer than a routine filling appointment, but it feels about the same. First, we numb your tooth so that you’ll feel comfortable. Nitrous oxide (happy gas) sedation is available to help you relax. If there’s an active abscess or swelling, you may need an antibiotic prior to the visit, since inflammation can interfere with how effective the local anaesthetic works.

Next, we’ll create an opening in your tooth to access the nerve canal. The pulp (nerve tissue) is removed and the hollow canal thoroughly cleaned. Finally, we fill and seal off the nerve chambers to prevent any type of reinfection. At this point, your tooth no longer has an active blood supply or pain receptors, alleviating discomfort on a permanent basis.

Do You Need a Root Canal?

The only way to know for sure if you need endodontic therapy is to have one of our dentists examine your tooth for signs of cracks, infection or decay. Special pressure or temperature tests may be needed in addition to a small X-ray.

If you do require treatment, we’ll discuss the various types available for your situation. However, if nerve damage or a fractured root is involved, the only choices are to usually extract the tooth or perform a root canal.

Get a Professional Opinion

Our practice has served the community for over 20 years. Contact Wynyard Dental Clinic today for honest advice about your root canal Sydney CBD needs.

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


Root Canal Sydney CBD NSW | (02) 9262 5331