Are you in need of a root canal? This is a procedure which is renowned for being painful, but we are here to reassure you – at Southside Dental Group, we place a great deal of emphasis on using modern techniques and technology to ensure a pain-free root canal treatment for you.

Root canal treatment, or endodontic treatment, is needed when the pulp of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. This can be quite painful or uncomfortable, so a root canal procedure is necessary to remove the pulp and relieve any pain. At Southside Dental Group, we make your comfort our priority.

If you are in need of a root canal, please read on to find out some more information about this routine and very standard procedure which we perform frequently at Southside Dental Group.

Important facts

  • An inflected or inflamed pulp leads to pain and discomfort. The root canal treatment is aimed at relieving this pain.
  • After a root canal treatment, the tooth may become brittle and needs to be covered with a crown to prevent any fractures.
  • A natural tooth is always stronger and more durable than a synthetic tooth, although if well cared for, a crown will last for many years.

Your dentist will be able to talk through all of your concerns with you, so if you are experiencing pain, please get in touch to book an appointment as soon as possible.

Do I need a root canal?

If you are experiencing pain in your mouth, you may need a consultation to assess whether a root canal procedure is required.

Lingering pain

If you are experiencing pain in your tooth that simply won’t go away, then it’s best to come and see your dentist for an appointment. We will examine your tooth for sensitivity and determine whether a root canal is the procedure you need.

Positional pain

Are you struggling with pain in a particular position? For example, is the pain in your teeth more severe when you are lying down, or when you are running?

Spontaneous pain

If the pain in your teeth comes on with certain stimulus, like hot or cold drinks, then it’s possible that you don’t need a root canal – but it’s always best to check.


Struggling with an abscess on your teeth? This is usually confirmed with an x-ray which shows up as a dark spot. If you have moderate to severe pain, then it’s important that you come in and see us as soon as possible.

What happens during a root canal procedure?

Your dentist will talk through all of the steps as part of your root canal treatment. The procedure can take a bit of time, so we recommend that you bring along a podcast or an audiobook to listen to as a way to keep you occupied. You will be sitting in the chair with your mouth open for a while, and while you won’t feel pain, it can take some time to complete the procedure.

During the root canal, your dentist will use appropriate anaesthetic to ensure you don’t feel pain, and afterwards your mouth may be numb for a while.

Why would I need a root canal?

A root canal is necessary when the pulp of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The most common causes of this infection include deep decay, injury from an accident, and a cracked or leaking filling. Once the dentist has removed any infection and cleaned and shaped the root canals, any pain and inflammation should be relieved. The tooth is then filled up, or may require a crown to restore or protect the tooth.

What signs may indicate I require a root canal?

Some signs to be aware of which may indicate root canal treatment is necessary include continuous pain, extreme or prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold exposure, discolouration of tooth, facial swelling, and sensitive gums which are painful to touch or when chewing.

How does a root canal save the tooth?

As we mentioned, a root canal is necessary to treat infection when the pulp of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes, and if a tooth is left untreated, it can cause serious pain or abscesses.

During your root canal procedure, the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected and then filled and sealed with material that is designed to protect the tooth’s structural integrity. The tooth is usually covered with a crown to protect it, allowing your natural tooth to be retained in as complete form as possible. With the right care, a tooth that has had a root canal procedure can last for your lifetime.

Will I feel pain during and after the root canal treatment?

The main purpose of a root canal is to relieve any pain which is being caused by inflammation or infection. During the treatment however, our dentists will be able to utilise modern techniques, equipment, and anaesthetics to make your visit as pain-free and comfortable as possible. At Southside Dental Group, we can discuss your needs based on your pain threshold.

Why would I require a crown after getting a root canal?

After getting a root canal, the tooth no longer has the pulp inside the tooth, making it more fragile and likely to chip or break. The purpose of applying the crown is as a strengthening tool which works to fortify the tooth. We want you to have your own teeth in your mouth and a crown is the way to ensure that your teeth remain strong.