Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment in Lower Hutt, NZ


Root canal treatment (also known as endodontic treatment) is the procedure for treating infections at the innermost part of the tooth, the root. The dentist or endodontist extracts the dental pulp, which contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. After cleaning and disinfecting the hollow roots, the dentist packs them and seals them and then later covers the tooth with a crown.

The tooth may feel sensitive due to soft tissue inflammation if there was pain before the procedure. Pain medications will ease the discomfort until it heals following the procedure.

A root canal is advantageous since it not only ends the pain and stops infections but also allows you to retain the natural tooth rather than getting the tooth extracted.

Causes of tooth nerve or pulp infection may be deep decay or deep repeated dental procedures on a tooth. Ultimately, however, bacteria inside the mouth cause these infections.

Abscessed Tooth

Symptoms of Damaged Pulp

Root canal treatment is required when the pulp is damaged. Some of the symptoms that the pulp is damaged include pain when eating or drinking cold or hot substances, pain while chewing or biting, a loose tooth, swelling of the gum near the affected tooth, and darkening of the tooth.

Root Canal Treatment Procedure

The heart of the procedure is when the dentist or endodontist removes the pulp of the inside of the tooth. The root canal procedure has the following steps;

  • Taking X-rays to see the shape of the root to check for infection around the bone
  • Placing a rubber dam around the infected tooth to keep the area dry
  • Access the centre of the tooth to remove the pulp, bacteria, and affected nerve tissues
  • Cleaning and sealing the tooth with a filler such as gutta percha
  • Placing a crown atop the tooth to protect it and provide you with a good biting surface
  • Your general dentist will later discuss the additional restoration of the tooth if needed.
Prevention of Root Canal

Root canal treatment is preventable in the following ways:

  • Brush the teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss at least once a day
  • See your general dentist regularly

Contact Central Hutt Dental in Lower Hutt


Find out if a root canal is suitable for you by visiting our dental clinic in Lower Hutt. Schedule an appointment online or by dialling 04 566 1122 today.