Root Canal Treatment in Dunedin

Diagram of tooth and root canal structure in Dunedin, NZAt Bell Hill Dental in Dunedin, Otago, we make providing safer and gentler dental treatments our guiding concern. We understand that your reaction to a root canal procedure could be concerning. Regardless of its negative reputation, root canal treatment is a common procedure that enables Dr Elaine Neill’s team to save your tooth from extraction. The pain associated with a root canal is actually from the infection that has overtaken your tooth, and not the procedure itself. In fact, root canal procedures are pain-relieving. 

When We Recommend Root Canal Therapy

Understanding your tooth’s remarkable structure is essential when root canal therapy is recommended. Your tooth is like a tree; both have roots hidden from view and parts visible above the surface. The crown is what you see above the gums, while the part within your gums, anchoring your tooth in your jaw, is the root.

The root is a slender structure that also connects your inner tooth to your vascular system. Nerves and blood vessels run through the root of the tooth in a narrow channel called the canal to the inner portion, your tooth’s pulp. A layer of hard tooth enamel surrounds these parts to protect the tissues insides.

Damage to your tooth enamel can cause the spongy pulp tissue to become invaded by bacteria from your mouth. When your nerve is exposed to the bacteria, you will experience tooth pain and inflammation. This condition is a progressive threat to your tooth. At this point, Dr Neill will likely suggest root canal therapy.

Some examples of tooth damage that might lead to a root canal are:

  • A broken or fractured tooth
  • One or several substantial cavities
  • An abscess, which is a tooth infection
  • Excessive tooth pain
  • Blackened tooth
  • Trauma to the face causing injury to the tooth (this may have even occurred years prior)

Dentist in Dunedin speaking with patientGentle Root Canal Procedures by Your Dentists in Dunedin

The Bell Hill Dental team will numb your tooth and the surrounding parts of your mouth to ensure the procedure will be as comfortable as possible. Our dentists will use modern rotary endodontic equipment to open up your tooth and remove all the infected tissue. Finally, the canals will be cleaned out and sealed with durable filling material.

The final step is to add a dental crown to act as a permanent covering for the remainder of your tooth. But, again, the team’s gentle approach means that we won’t even need to numb you up after your first appointment.

Root Canal After-Care and Prevention

The pain should subside significantly with the infection removed within a few days. Some residual soreness is normal. In addition, regular visits to the dentist, routine teeth cleanings and an effective home-care routine will help preserve your root canal and its dental crown.

Book a Root Canal Appointment at Bell Hill Dental

When tooth decay leads to an infection, the best advice is to take proper measures to solve the problem and preserve each one of your natural teeth. You may call our dental clinic at any time to arrange an appointment. We strive to provide the needed care with gentle comfort.