Lower Plenty Dental

Root Canal Therapy

Retain Your Natural Smile With Our Root Canal Treatment

Are you experiencing a sharp pain in your tooth that’s increasing in intensity? Or severe sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures? These symptoms could be an indication of an infected or damaged pulp, the innermost part of the tooth, containing blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. A root canal treatment can help treat the damaged tooth and save it from potential extraction.

At Lower Plenty Dental, we understand the stress and pain dental problems can cause. This is why we’re here to help guide you towards a healthier, pain-free smile. With a team of friendly dentists who take the time to listen to you, understand your concerns and tailor treatments to your oral and overall health needs, we’re your oral health partners for life.

When Is A Root Canal Needed?

A root canal may be needed when the tooth pulp becomes infected, damaged, or inflamed. This often occurs due to deep tooth decay, a cracked or fractured tooth, or trauma to the tooth. Here are some specific situations when a root canal may be necessary:

Deep Tooth Decay

When tooth decay progresses to the point where it reaches the pulp, it can lead to an infection.
The infected pulp must be removed to help save the tooth.

Infection Or Abscess

Bacteria can enter the pulp chamber through cracks, chips, or deep cavities. This can lead to an infection or abscess, a pus-filled pocket that forms at the root tip. A root canal is necessary to clean out the infection and prevent its spread.

Trauma Or Injury

A strong impact or blow to a tooth can cause the pulp to become damaged or inflamed. Even if there are no visible cracks or chips, the pulp can still be affected, requiring a root canal. Some symptoms of a damaged or infected tooth include:
  • Severe or persistent toothache
  • Discoloured or darkened tooth
  • Gum swelling and tenderness
  • Pain when chewing or biting
  • Foul odours or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
At Lower Plenty Dental, we offer comprehensive dental examinations to identify the underlying cause of your dental problem. With a holistic approach targeted at improving both your oral and overall health, we delve beneath the surface to resolve existing issues and prevent potential ones.

Root Canal Treatment In Lower Plenty

While a root canal procedure may sound painful and the last thing anyone wants, the reality is completely different. The severe pain from a damaged pulp is what causes the pain. A root canal helps alleviate pain, removing its root cause to help you recover and achieve a healthier smile.

Your root canal therapy may consist of several appointments, which may involve:

Visit 1

At the first appointment, our dentist will give a local anaesthetic to numb the area. A rubber shield will be placed over the tooth to isolate the tooth and prevent contamination of the nerve canal.

Visit 2

The second appointment involves measuring and cleaning the root canal system, and radiographs are taken to determine the root canal lengths. In some cases, the root canal therapy may be completed at this visit.

Visit 3

If, at the third appointment, the tooth infection has settled and is free from discomfort and pain, our dentist will complete the root canal filling. A rubber shield is again placed over the tooth, and the root is filled.

Your Partner In Optimal Oral Health

At Lower Plenty Dental, we’re not just about fixing dental issues; we’re advocates for your long-term oral well-being. Our dedicated team believes in personalised treatment plans that cater to your unique needs, promoting preventive care and restorative solutions. We aim at more than just the elimination of pain – we’re committed to improving your overall oral health for a vibrant and healthy smile for life.


Research shows that root canal therapy has a success rate of 90-95%, with most people experiencing improved functionality.
A tooth with root canal therapy could last you the rest of your life. This is dependent on the tooth being adequately strengthened afterwards. Occasionally, depending on the difficulty of the case, the dentist may refer you to an endodontist (root canal specialist).
Occasionally, the tooth can darken. The discoloured tooth can be lightened using internal whitening, a crown, or veneer to cover the front of the tooth, restoring it to its original appearance.
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