Root Canal

Root Canal Therapy at East Adelaide Dental Studio

Endodontic therapy (root canal treatment) is a special procedure we use at East Adelaide Dental Studio to help retain badly damaged or infected teeth. Rather than extracting a problematic tooth, our dentists prefers the more conservative option of retaining your natural teeth.

Thanks to root canal therapy, we can treat badly infected teeth so that they’re functional for several more years. And contrary to what you’ve probably heard about the procedure, getting endodontic treatment is easier than ever.

What is Root Canal Treatment?

During a root canal, we remove the infected nerves inside of your tooth, medicate the hollow chamber left behind, then seal it off to prevent a recurring infection. This type of treatment is necessary when bacteria have reached the nerve of a tooth.

How can you tell if your tooth’s nerve is compromised? Watch for symptoms like:

  • An abscess (pimple) on the gums
  • Tooth discoloration or darkening
  • Pain when you bite or chew
  • Sensitivity to heat
  • A severe toothache
  • Evidence of a cracked tooth
  • Broken, large filling

We’ll take an X-ray of your tooth to determine the extent of the damage and pinpoint the source of your infection.

What to Expect

Your endodontic appointment will be like any other routine procedure. First, we’ll numb the tooth to ensure you’re comfortable. If needed, an analgesia or sedation option is also available to help you relax. If there’s a severe infection, we may need you to take an antibiotic leading up to the visit (swelling can make it difficult for anaesthetic to work correctly).

After your tooth is numb, we’ll create an opening in the crown to access your nerve canal. The nerve is removed, chamber medicated and sealed, then a crown is placed over your tooth. The crown will protect the brittle and non-vital tooth, so that it doesn’t chip from everyday wear.

Since our office is equipped with state-of-the-art CEREC technology, we’re able to complete your crown on the same day instead of scheduling you to come back two weeks later. However, sometimes abscessed teeth need to be left alone for a short period of time for the infection to fully resolve after treatment. If that’s the case, we’ll put a temporary crown over your tooth until it’s time for a more permanent restoration.


Getting a root canal Glenside can be more comfortable than you realised. Save your tooth before the infection has a chance to spread. Contact us today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a procedure performed to save badly damaged or infected teeth. Instead of extracting the affected tooth, dentists prefer the conservative approach of retaining natural teeth. Root canal therapy involves removing infected nerve tissue from within the tooth, medicating the hollow chamber, and sealing it to prevent recurrent infection.
Watch for symptoms such as an abscess (pimple) on the gums, tooth discolouration, pain when biting or chewing, sensitivity to heat, severe toothache, evidence of a cracked tooth, or a broken large filling. An X-ray will be taken to assess the extent of damage and locate the source of infection.
Root canal treatment is similar to routine dental procedures. The tooth will be numbed for your comfort, and sedation options are available if needed. In cases of severe infection, you may be prescribed antibiotics before the procedure. After numbing, an opening is created in the tooth’s crown to access the nerve canal. The infected nerve is removed, the chamber is medicated and sealed, and a crown is placed over the tooth for protection. Thanks to CEREC technology, crowns can often be completed on the same day.
Root canal treatment is not typically painful. Local anaesthesia is used to ensure your comfort during the procedure. In fact, root canal therapy is designed to relieve the pain and discomfort caused by an infected tooth
The primary alternative to root canal treatment is tooth extraction. However, extracting a tooth may lead to other dental issues, such as misalignment, difficulty chewing, and aesthetic concerns. Root canal therapy aims to preserve natural teeth whenever possible.
To schedule a root canal appointment or determine if you require this treatment, contact our practice. Our dental professionals are committed to providing comfortable and effective root canal therapy to save your tooth and maintain your smile.