AC – Root canal treatment (RCT)


There are roughly THREE stages in a RCT, you have just completed ONE out of THREE. If you do not come back for steps TWO and THREE, the root will get re-infected and YOU WILL HAVE TO RESTART STEP ONE WITH A SEPARATE CHARGE. Failing to come back for STEPS TWO and THREE will result in the treatment in going back to STEP ONE

The stages are as follows:

  1. Take the nerves out (get rid of the pain) and put medicine in the canals and/or draining the pus out.
  2. Deep surgical cleaning with precise measurements to the ends of the tooth root
  3. Fill the root canal and your crown (the part where you bite on foods) with large white filling.

Between each appointments:

Temporary fillings will be placed in your mouth up until the final stage. Between appointments it is common (and not a problem) for a small portion of your temporary filling to wear away or break off.

Take care not to bite on excessively hard or sticky foods as you can break or dislodge the filling. If this happens please call us as soon as possible to have a new one placed.

Multiple breakages of the filling will occur an additional charge at our discretion.

After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Please avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off (if you are hungry it is recommended to have liquids instead in this period).

If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them as prescribed, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone

After completing all three steps of RCT, we highly recommend that you come back in a month to get a CROWN (or CAP). If you leave the tooth without proper protection, the root canaled teeth WILL BE EASILY FRACTURED, leaving your ONLY option to take out the tooth.

For the first two to three days, you will feel a sore sensation around the region; this is very normal and can be controlled by medication. The degree of sensation will vary from person to person, some may not feel it at all, and others may mistake it as pain.
We recommend the following protocols in taking your medications:

Mild pain (niggling sensation, discomfort but a bit annoying):
2x 500mg of Panadol/paracetamol TWICE a day

Moderate pain (starting to affect eating, slight sleep disturbances, bearable but uncomfortable)
2x 500mg of Panadol/paracetamol or panadine forte PLUS 2x 200mg Neurofen/ibuprofen TWICE a day

Severe: contact us and we will advise you on what to take

Based on the The Oxford League Table of Analgesic Efficacy and the WHO analgesic ladder

We wish you all the best from your recovery! If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent swelling or pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact our office.

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