Root Canal Treatment

Treating Dental Abscesses with Endodontic Therapy

What Can Cause Severe Tooth Pain?

Are you suffering from a dying tooth, or one that is breaking apart? Dying or abscessed teeth can cause your teeth to become brittle, breaking apart to the point where they eventually can’t be restored. Once a tooth is non-vital or abscessed, the damaged nerve must be treated in order to preserve the tooth and prevent the spread of infection. If you have an abscess, over-the-counter pain medication only provides temporary relief. Damaged nerve tissue is a serious condition that can compromise your health and harm your other teeth. At Smile by Design, we provide root canal therapy that preserves your tooth for years to come.

We Provide Quick Pain Relief and Treatment

Patients suffering from teeth with nerve damage can receive timely, comfortable endodontic therapy here at Smile by Design. Dr. Tam first works to ensure that any pain is minimised and then takes steps to help remove the infected, damaged nerve, and treat it so that that no infection will return. Because these nerves are no longer vital, the diseased tissue must be removed and a filling material placed into the nerve canal to prevent re-infection. This treatment is called a root canal, because it is the canal of the root that is being treated.

Whereas many general dentists refer patients to a specialist, Smile by Design patients can have their treatment completed here with their normal dental provider. This is because Dr. Tam has special skills and training in endodontic therapy, allowing him to provide a wider range of services to our patients. A root canal is a major procedure, and we want you to have the comfort of familiar surroundings, with a dentist you know and trust.

Are Root Canals Painful?

Root canal therapy is no more uncomfortable than any other type of dental treatment. It is only a little more time-consuming in some cases, depending on which tooth is being treated. Dr. Tam focuses on patient comfort and will ensure proper pain-relief options to help you feel at ease before, during and after your endodontic procedure. At Smile by Design we also provide options like sedation dentistry, allowing you to sleep through your entire root canal procedure if you so wish.

Prevent Tooth Loss by Getting Treatment Quickly

Do you have a broken tooth, or one with an abscess? Putting off a necessary root canal can quickly lead to loss of your entire tooth. If you suspect that your tooth has been severely damaged, or is suffering from an abscess, then it’s best to contact us immediately. We provide emergency appointments each day, and can easily work you into our normal schedule to assess your needs.

Smile by Design patients are always seen in an efficient manner and given straightforward treatment plans that are easy to understand and will never have hidden charges. Contact us today to book in for an appointment.


How much does a root canal cost?

The cost of your root canal will depend on which tooth is being treated. Most teeth have 1, 2, or 3 roots depending on their location, and this will affect the fee. A root canal performed on a molar with 3 or 4 roots will typically cost $850 or more.

Will I need to see a specialist?

No. Unlike other dental offices that refer patients to a specialist for endodontic therapy, Dr. Tam has advanced training in endodontics and provides root canals here at Smile by Design.

How long does the treatment take?

Your root canal appointment will take approximately 2 or 3 visits at 45-75 minutes from start to finish.

How long can I hold off getting a root canal?

Root canal treatment should never be put off. Untreated root canals can result in severe abscesses that spread to other teeth or even cause hospitalisation. The brittle enamel of the non-vital tooth can also break or fracture to a point that is beyond repair. Quick treatment will provide the best results and help you keep your tooth for years to come.

Will I need any other treatments with my root canal?

All teeth treated with a root canal must also have a crown placed over the tooth following the treatment. This protects the brittle enamel and disperses forces evenly over the tooth to prevent fractures. Other services like sedation are optional, if the patient chooses them.

How much pain can I expect from a root canal?

Your root canal treatment will be just as comfortable as any other type of procedure. We use local anaesthetics during your appointment to prevent any discomfort. If you desire, you can choose sedation dentistry to alleviate any anxiety. There will be no discomfort to the tooth following the procedure, because the nerve is no longer vital.

What other options are available?

Other than having the tooth extracted, there are no other options to root canal therapy.

What are the risks of having a root canal?

Root canal therapy does not have any more risks than other types of dental care. We will discuss these standard care risks with you at your treatment plan consultation.

To find out more about our root canal treatments, call us on (02) 9389 3333 (Bondi Junction) or (02) 9460 3566 (North Sydney) or click here to book an appointment online.