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Root Canal Treatment in
Docklands, Melbourne

Root canal treatments are designed to help remove the damaged nerve from a tooth. The procedure begins with cleaning and filling the canal to prevent any bacterial infections that may occur.

Root canals can be a tricky procedure, but our professional team at Pinnacle Dental are experts in root canal treatment. Our team can give you the direction you need around the procedure and the costs involved so there are no surprises.

There are many reasons that a root canal may be necessary, including:

  • Abscesses
  • Restorative purposes
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Nerve damage
The main goal of a root canal treatment is to save the tooth, while removing damaged nerves and blood vessels from inside the canal. This allows for the tooth to remain in place for aesthetic and functional purposes. Root canal procedures have come a long way in recent years and are not as painful as most people think.

Why Choose Us?

  • We customise our root canal treatments to suit the individual needs of each patient and take the time to understand what’s important to you.
  • Our dental experts strive to provide the highest standard of care using the latest technology and proven techniques with the assistance of friendly and supportive staff.
  • We are a professional and experienced dental practice specialising in a broad range of dentistry procedures in addition to root canals.
  • We build relationships with each patient and treat everyone as a unique person, not just a patient.
  • Our caring, compassionate approach is gentle and effective.
  • We educate you about post-care and maintenance of your teeth once your procedure is complete.
  • We provide flexible appointment times to suit your schedule.
  • Our clinic has ample parking and is easily accessible by public transport.
  • We offer transparent pricing and flexible payment options.

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Signs You May Need a Root Canal

When a root canal is necessary, the sooner it is performed, the better it is for your overall oral health. The onset of pain and signs of an infection or swelling are often the first hints that a tooth has an issue. The most obvious sign that a root canal treatment might be needed are the symptoms that come with an acute tooth flare up. These symptoms include:

  • Spontaneous pain that appears quickly
  • Formation of pus
  • The tooth becoming tender or sensitive to pressure
  • Swelling of adjacent tissues

Luckily, it’s quite rare for all these symptoms to appear at the same time. Some signs you may need a root canal include:

Persistent Gum Pimples
An infection inside the tooth will form pimple-like lesions on the gums. Over time, the size of these lesions can increase or decrease, as these serve as a drainage mechanism for the pus and can leave a horrible taste in your mouth.

Swollen/Tender Gums

This can sometimes occur due to an infected tooth. The area can form a noticeable, slightly tender lump that you can actually feel.
Darkened Teeth
If a tooth has had an unexpected change in colour, often to a darker colour than the surrounding teeth, it’s a sign that there might be a problem in its nerve space. X-rays can help identify this and will often reveal an infection as a dark spot, which is usually located at the tip of the root of the tooth.

Exposed Nerves

The loss of or damage to previous dental work, such as crowns or fillings, can expose the tooth’s nerves. This can lead to intense pain when air and hot or cold substances touch the tooth. If this is the case, we would recommend root canal treatment.

What to Expect

During the procedure, we will remove the damaged part of the tooth (usually an infected nerve), disinfect and clean the tooth, and then fill and seal it, depending on what’s left of the tooth.

To start with, we will take an x-ray of the tooth to examine the root canals and find out whether there’s an infection in the bone around the tooth. We will then administer a local anaesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. The tooth is then isolated and a hole drilled inside the affected tooth to remove its pulp or the infected nerve.

The whole process may require several appointments to allow our dental expert to thoroughly clean, disinfect, and then shape a hole inside the tooth. This is in preparation for the placement of a sterile filling inside the tooth. If necessary, we may also insert a small support into the root canal to strengthen the tooth, or even cap it with an artificial crown.

Root Canal Aftercare

Once the treatment is complete, we will provide you with a list of after-care guidelines to follow. These include:

  • Avoid eating until the numbness has dissipated.
  • Be on the lookout for any visible reactions or swelling. If you notice any of these, contact us immediately.
  • Avoid biting or chewing with the treated tooth until it’s fully restored with a crown or filling.
  • Pay attention when you bite. If the tooth feels uneven, please contact us.
  • Maintain proper oral hygiene: brush & floss your teeth as you normally would.

Schedule Today

If you have symptoms that indicate a root canal may be necessary, contact us today to book in.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.


Root Canal Treatment in Docklands, Melbourne VIC | (03) 9052 4422