Root canal treatment a quick, comfortable way to save your natural teeth

Opting for root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, offers a high success rate to save your tooth, carried out comfortably with modern techniques! In fact, we often have patients falling asleep during the root canal procedure! The focus of root canal treatment is on the elimination of bacteria from the root canal system. The root canal procedure is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed and infected. Saving the tooth is preferable to extraction as this maintains the integrity of your jawbone.

Advantages of root canal treatment

  • Efficient chewing
  • Restore bite force and sensation
  • Natural appearance of tooth
  • Protects other teeth from excessive wear

Signs you may need a root canal

  • Severe toothache
  • Prolonged sensitivity
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Swelling around the tooth

Act quickly to save your tooth

If you are suffering we can help you stop the infection from spreading and prevent your tooth from further decay. We hold appointments open daily for emergencies. Contact us right now or book online.

Causes of root canal damage

Dental pulp containing nerves and blood vessels are found in the root canals of every tooth. If the dental pulp is damaged or infected you will experience severe toothache. Damaged dental pulp can be a result of trauma, extreme wear, an abscess or decay caused by a cavity, fracture or crack in the tooth. A fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the surrounding tissue.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal procedure

Root canal treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal in order to save the natural tooth and prevent reinfection of the tooth and other teeth. The dentist will first take an x-ray to examine the infection and if an abscess exists it will be drained. The inflamed or infected dental pulp will be removed and the inside of the tooth carefully cleaned and disinfected to ensure the bacteria is eliminated. The tooth is then filled and sealed. The tooth will be fitted with a crown in a following appointment.

Root Canal Procedure

Root Canal FAQs

With modern technology there is little to no pain because your dentist will use local aneasthetic to numb your tooth and gums so you’re comfortable during the procedure. Its typically similar to having a deep filling, it just takes a little longer. Our dentists are renowned for their gentle dentistry. We also offer sedation dentistry for patients who experience dental anxiety.

A root canal typically requires one or two appointments to complete. If the tooth is badly infected a third appointment may be necessary. Usually the first appointment is around 90 minutes and another appointment of 30 minutes is necessary to fit the crown.

Living with nerve damage can be excruciatingly painful and worth the relief from a relatively straight forward procedure. More concerning is that untreated root canal infections can spread beyond the tooth to the jaw, the face, and even into the bloodstream.

When a tooth can be saved dentists will opt for root canal over tooth extraction for three reasons.

  1. Root canals have better success rates than tooth extractions.
  2. Keeping your natural tooth will maintain your natural smile.
  3. Saving your tooth in the jaw preserves the integrity of your jawbone.
  4. The natural tooth eliminates the need for an artificial restoration that is necessary to maintain the spacing of surrounding teeth after an extraction.

Free dentistry for your adolescents

A range of preventive, restorative and specialist dental services are available to adolescents up until 18 years age.

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Teenagers are Free

Addordable root canals

Thompson Dental provides quality dentistry at reasonable prices and we are registered Q-card merchants to help you get the necessary dentistry to maintain your teeth for life. Our practice is WINZ approved for low income adult patients who are unable to afford dentistry, and we are registered with Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) for any accidental injuries.

Low income Adults

Discretionary financial assistance with dental treatments, especially when urgent.

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Accident Compensation

Financial compensation for citizens, residents and visitors who have suffered accidental dental injuries.

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Thompson Dental is a registered Q Card merchant, offering a range of interest free deals.

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To assist you with your budgets and keep you smiling we are offering $25 credit to all patients for each referral. Terms and conditions apply.

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Emergency dentist

Our Mt Roskill dental clinic reserves emergency dentist appointments every day for urgent dental care. We will never turn you away and every patient is welcome. If you have an emergency you can book an appointment right now by contacting us.

Saturday dentist

Dr Amanda Hawkins is open for Saturday dental appointments every second weekend. Book online or contact us.

Practice Hours

Mon – Wed: 8:15am to 5:15pm
Thursday: 8:15am to 7:00pm
Friday: 8:15am to 4:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am to 2:00pm

We are open every second Saturday.

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Free Parking

The dental practice has ample off-street parking on the Mt Albert Road premises.

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