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Root Canal Treatment (RCT) can save a tooth that might otherwise have to be removed completely.

Why RCT?

Root Canal Treatment (endodontics) treats infection at the centre or ‘root’ of a tooth.

Root Canal Treatment (RCT), also known as endodontics, is a dental procedure that aims to treat infection inside a tooth. Bacteria live in the mouth and can invade the tooth for many reasons such as tooth decay, leaky fillings or damage as a result of trauma.

What Happens?

After a referral, or an initial appointment to diagnose the problem and evaluate the tooth, we aim to complete the treatment in one visit.  Depending on the tooth we are treating, the appointment length may vary from one to two hours. A second visit may be required in particularly difficult cases.

One Visit

During the treatment the damaged nerve is removed from the root and the canal space is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The root canal is then prepared and shaped with precise instrumentation ready to be filled and sealed with a special rubber seal. This is a painless procedure.

Crown It

Because RCT can weaken a tooth, there’s a risk of fracture after treatment and the tooth can also discolour.  We recommend any tooth with a Root Canal Treatment is protected with a crown.

Before and After RCT

Saving a damaged tooth with Root Canal Treatment.

Frequently asked questions

Is Root Canal Treatment painful?

No. You may feel like the treated tooth is ‘bruised’ for a few days afterwards but an over-the-counter painkiller should be sufficient.

How long does RCT take?

The average treatment time is between 90 minutes and 2 hours. We always aim to complete Root Canal Treatment in one visit.

Have a question?

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