Root Canal Treatment in Clifton Beach

A Root Canal Treatment (RCT), also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure used to repair damage inside of a tooth (dental pulp), right near the roots. It is used to save severely damaged or infected teeth that would otherwise require a tooth extraction. While the procedure may sound a bit confronting at first, it is a very common restorative dentistry treatment and is suitable for patients of all ages.

What happens during a Root Canal Treatment?

Root Canal Treatment is performed in stages and involves one or more visits to the dentist to complete. Here’s a step by step look at the procedure:

  1. As with any dental treatments provided at Clifton Family Dental, the first step is consultation. The dentist will evaluate your condition with a root canal treatment assessment where they will use x-rays and diagnostic tools to determine the level of damage and severity of the infection in the dental pulp.
  2. To start the RCT procedure, the dentist will use sedation to ensure the area around the tooth is completely numb. They will then drill a small hole into the tooth to remove the infected or damaged dental pulp before cleaning and disinfecting the area.

    This process may take more than one visit, in which case the hole in the tooth is sealed with a temporary filling as protection in between visits.

  3. When the treatment is finished, the tooth’s interior is sealed, and a material called gutta-percha is placed into the tooth’s root canal to prevent bacteria from re-entering. To restore the tooth, a permanent dental filling is used to seal the exterior access hole.
  4. Some cases require an additional step to fully restore the tooth. It may involve placing a dental crown or other dental restoration over the treated tooth.

Signs you may need a Root Canal

Sometimes there are no obvious symptoms that a tooth needs root canal therapy. These instances are why routine dental check-ups are so important for flagging dental problems. Signs that a patient may need a root canal include:

Flexible payment options for your Root Canal appointment

We recommend that patients in need of root canal therapy book their treatment appointment as soon as possible to prevent their condition from worsening. To ensure all patients can get the treatment they need when they need it, our Clifton dental clinic offers flexible payment plans. We are also preferred providers for various health funds.

If you are concerned about root canal costs or would like to learn more about the payment options available at Clifton Family Dental, contact our reception for further information.

Book An Appointment With Our Dentists in Clifton Beach

If you have severe tooth decay or are experiencing any of the above symptoms, book an appointment with our friendly dentists in Clifton Beach as soon as you can. Our highly skilled family dentists have over 25 years of combined experience in general dentistry which includes performing root canals.

We understand that some patients experience dental anxiety and phobia, especially when anticipating getting in-chair treatments such as root canals. Clifton Family Dental is committed to making every patient’s visit as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Our dentists take a compassionate approach to patient care and offer sleep dentistry options. To learn more or voice any concerns you may have before your appointment, contact our team today for support.


Infections that require root canal treatment do not go away on their own. Delaying a root canal procedure can lead to serious disease, tooth loss and in the worst cases, life-threating illnesses as the infection spreads to other parts of the body.

Following your Root Canal procedure, the dentist will provide you with after-care instructions to suit your needs. Generally, patients who have undergone a Root Canal are advised to rest, keep their head elevated and avoid eating hard or sticky foods, or anything hot or cold in temperature.
A lot of the time, root canal procedures are considered emergency dentistry treatments. This is because it usually involves treating severe infection inside the tooth. Left untreated, the infection can continue to spread and lead to tooth loss or other health conditions.

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