About Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment Explained

Root canal treatment, also called endodontic treatment is a procedure performed in order to save a tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted. It is usually required when decay or a deep filling causes the nerve of the tooth to become inflamed and die.

Tooth requiring root canal treatment

Decay in this tooth has caused the dental pulp to become inflamed. Root canal treatment is required to save the tooth.


The root canal treatment is usually completed over one or two separate visits. The procedure involves making a small hole in the top or back of the tooth and using fine instruments to carefully remove the damaged tissue from inside the tooth. If the treatment is being performed in two visits, medicine is then placed inside the tooth in order to assist with the healing process and a temporary filling is placed.

Endodontic file in a tooth

A small hole is made in the top of the tooth, and fine instruments used to remove the damaged tissue.


At the final visit, the medicine is removed from inside the tooth and a filling material is then used to fill the space in the roots.

Tooth with completed root canal treatment, post and crown

After root canal treatment is completed, your dentist will place a crown or filling. Sometimes, a post will be required to help keep the crown in place.


At Brisbane Microsurgical Endodontics, we only perform root canal treatment. Dr Caldwell is a registered specialist Endodontist with advanced training in the latest microsurgical techniques. This means that the procedure can be done to the highest possible standard.


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