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Root Canal Treatment in Kew

Smiling young man in beanyThe team at Willsmere Dental is dedicated to improving your oral health and making sure your smile is problem-free. If you experience an ache or pain in your teeth, it’s likely a sign that your oral health could use some attention. Our dentists are experienced in dealing with a broad array of dental-related concerns. This includes an infection in the tooth. Though it may sound frightening, there is a form of treatment available that can clean out the infection and leave your tooth in place: a root canal.

What Is a Root Canal?

Root canal treatment is also known as endodontic therapy. This procedure is used for teeth that have been compromised by infection. When the bacteria get deep into a tooth, they infect the nerve tissue. You may think that having the tooth extracted is your only option. But a root canal will preserve your natural, beautiful smile.

What to Expect During a Root Canal

The first step is to have a consultation with one of our dentists. They can determine if a root canal is appropriate for your situation. If not, you will have all possible treatment options detailed to you. If a root canal is the way to move forward, you’ll have two separate appointments scheduled.

At your initial appointment, we will focus on relieving your pain and the tooth that has been affected by infection will be cleaned out. Any infection present will be drained, and we may also prescribe antibiotics to ensure that we treat the infection promptly.

The second appointment after the infection has cleared, and involves sealing off and blocking the inside of the tooth from the body so that everything can heal properly. We’ll also gather information to create a custom fitted dental crown. A crown helps to protect the integrity of your natural tooth by fitting over it to offer better function. The dental crown will be designed to match the rest of your smile in look and colour.

At your third appointment, we will place the custom crown. This typically takes place a couple of months after you begin the process with us and everything has healed properly. After the crown has been placed, you’re free to enjoy your new and improved beautiful smile!


Is there pain involved?

We understand that some people associate a visit to the dentist with experiencing discomfort. Know that we don’t want your appointments with us to be anything like that! Your comfort is always at the forefront of our minds, and we take measures with anaesthetic to ensure you can complete your treatment without problems.

Who would need a root canal?

Candidates for root canals include people who have experienced the following:

  • Trauma to the tooth that causes darkening, sensitivity or abscess
  • Deep cavities
  • Cracked teeth
  • Leakage around an old, large restoration
  • Severe pain and swelling of the gums

How do you know if I need a root canal?

We will take X-rays of your tooth that will show whether there are signs of an infection present. A root canal will only be recommended when we are certain it’s appropriate for your case.

How many visits are needed to get a root canal?

Typically, two to three for endodontic treatment, better known as root canal. The first appointment works on alleviating the pain and discomfort, once the pain has settled, the second appointment treating the root canal by cleaning the infected tooth, and a third to fit a customised dental crown.

What kind of aftercare is involved in having root canal treatment?

You won’t need to worry about putting your life on hold after having a root canal. You can manage any discomfort (which is typically minimal) by taking over-the-counter medications. You’ll be able to return immediately to your usual activities, though we will advise you on anything we think you should refrain from doing.

Schedule an Appointment

Let’s work together to improve your smile. Contact Willsmere Dental today to book your consultation for root canals Kew! Contact Us

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

Root Canal Treatment Kew, Kew East, Hawthorn VIC | (03) 9853 1800