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"Understanding the Basics of Root Canal Treatment"

Updated: Apr 6

A root canal treatment is recommended and done to save a badly decayed or infected tooth. The term ‘root canal’ refers to the hollow section of your tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues. This part is known as the pulp. During the procedure the infected pulp is cleaned out and filled and sealed.

Does root canal treatment hurt?

This is one of the most commonly asked question about this treatment. Root canal is not a painful procedure; it is usually done under anaesthesia. The pain is felt only because of the infection and never because of the procedure. But, after the procedure you might feel a bit sore or numb for some time. There might even be a mild discomfort and tenderness in that area for a few days after the procedure.

Here’s a breakdown of what happens:

1. Numbing your tooth:

First, the local anaesthesia is administered to numb the tooth. A small rubber sheet known as the dental dam is placed to isolate the affected tooth and keep it dry and clean during the procedure.

2. Cleaning the tooth:

Your dentist then creates an opening in the top part of your tooth and then small files are used to remove the infected pulp from inside the tooth. After removing any remaining pulp by irrigating water, your dentist will then administer antimicrobial solution to reduce the risk for further infection.

3. Closing the tooth:

The tooth is now more fragile than ever. So, your tooth is then filled and the opening is then closed with crown or a similar type of restoration accessory. Until the filling is done or the crown is attached, you should not chew or bite with that tooth.

How do you know if you need a root canal treatment? Root canals are needed when the cavity is deep enough to reach the pulp or from an injury or due to issues from previous filling in some cases. Some of the noticeable symptoms that indicate you might need root canal treatment are:

  • When your tooth is sensitive to hot or cold items and when the sensation lingers long after the food or drink is consumed

  • When you experience pain while chewing or biting or even for no reason

  • Pimples on your gums, swollen and tender gums and darkened gums


Visit your dentist regularly for cleaning and general oral exam. For best care and treatments, schedule an appointment with Veeyes Dental Care. Call us at: 0422 438 3000

This blog is not a substitute for professional advice or diagnosis, it is only to promote general knowledge about dental health topics. Visit your dentist or a qualified healthcare provider for questions or doubts regarding any medical condition or treatment.

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