Is Root Canal Treatment Safe?

A root canal is one of the dreaded dental treatments that tend to inspire fear in both kids and adults alike. However, in reality, this perception is far from true. With modern dental technology, root canal treatments are no longer painful. They are also safe under the guidance of an experienced dentist. Thus, below we have explained in-depth the symptoms of a root canal, its procedure, pros & cons and have shed light on some of the frequently asked questions.

1. What is a Root Canal Treatment?

A common dental treatment, a root canal is used to treat a severely decayed tooth that infects and/or inflames the tooth’s nerve and pulp. During the root canal treatment, the infected pulp is removed while the inside of the tooth is cleaned & sealed to curb any subsequent infections.

A tooth can be damaged due to a deep cavity or because of physical trauma to the face. However, no matter the cause, seeking immediate endodontic treatment is important because if left untreated, it may lead to a tooth abscess or you might lose your infected tooth entirely.

Read: Importance of Visiting the Dentist Every 6 Months

2. Root Canal Procedure

Root canal treatment helps you to preserve a tooth after it is infected or inflamed. When it comes to tooth extraction vs root canal, root canal therapy is a better option than getting your tooth extracted as preserving your natural teeth for as long as possible helps with proper eating and chewing functions. It also ensures that your speech is not impaired. Plus, while there are many options for missing teeth, saving your tooth through root canal is a much more economical alternative.

Root Canal Treatment Procedure

  • During a root canal procedure, the dentist will clean the infected dental pulp – which is the soft tissue inside the tooth comprising of connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels.
  • Once the infected tissue is removed from the pulp chamber, the dentist will disinfect your tooth and seal it.

*In some cases, to prevent cracking or chipping after the root canal, the dentist may place a dental crown on top of the tooth structure.

3. When Do You Need a Root Canal – Different Signs

An infected pulp can multiply the bacteria within the pulp chamber causing severe infection or abscessed tooth. If not treated, the infection can lead to bone loss around the tip of the root. It can also cause swelling which may eventually spread out to other areas, including the neck, face or head.

Some of the different signs or symptoms that indicate you need a root canal include;

  • Severe Tooth Pain: A decayed tooth can cause extreme pain making it challenging to perform even daily activities.
  • Swelling: You’d also notice swelling and tenderness in nearby gums, which might make it difficult to eat certain food items.
  • Sensitivity to Cold/Heat: Prolonged sensitive to heat and cold is another sign of an infected tooth, which may require root canal treatment.
  • Discolouration: A decayed (dead) tooth is likely to turn greyish over time, while the infection around the tooth can darken the gums.

4. Pros & Cons of Root Canal Treatment


  • For root canal treatment, the rate of success is very high.
  • It prevents the spread of infection and the formation of an abscess.
  • It provides relief from debilitating pain and ensures there is no bone loss.
  • You get to keep your natural tooth.
  • It doesn’t hamper your biting and chewing functions.
  • It is an affordable option compared to replacing the extracted tooth with an implant.
  • An extracted tooth if not replaced, can cause the other teeth to shift, thereby affecting your bite function.


  • A root canal procedure is complicated than a tooth extraction, and sometimes if it is not clean thoroughly, it can breed further infection.
  • A root canal treated tooth is also prone to fractures as it is brittle.
  • To reinforce the treated tooth, you would require a post or a porcelain crown, which might turn out to be expensive.
  • You might have to visit the dental clinic more than once.
  • After the root canal procedure, your tooth might darken or lead to discolouration.

#Root Canal Prevention

  • Preventive dentistry is the best way to avoid root canal treatment.
  • Brushing twice, flossing daily and avoiding foods that are bad for your teeth are some of the essential things that you need to do to enjoy good oral health.
  • Visiting the dentist every six months is another top priority, as he’ll be able to treat any dental issue before it causes any major complications.
  • Also, if you have tooth pain, don’t ignore it and get it checked immediately for better oral hygiene and general health.

#Other Alternatives to Root Canal

Tooth extraction is the only alternative to a root canal. Also, you will need to replace the extracted tooth with a dental implant, bridge or a removable partial denture.

For more information, contact Oris Dental – your Sunshine Coast Dentist.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long does a root canal procedure take?

Ideally, it takes around 1 or 2 visits for a root canal procedure. For a simple case, the dentist may require 30-60 minutes. Whereas, a complex-case may require up to 90 minutes per visit.

  • Is a root canal painful? Does a root canal hurt?

Thanks to cutting-edge technology, root canal treatment has become painless. During the root canal procedure, the dentist will deliver local anaesthesia; so you won’t feel a thing. However, you might feel minor pain or soreness during the recovery.

  • Does root canal cause health problems?

There is no evidence to support that undergoing root canal treatment causes any sort of health problems.

  • Can I eat before a root canal?

Yes, you can. However, eat an hour before the root canal procedure. But, if you are undergoing sedation, then it’s best to consult with your dentist to be sure.

  • How long does a root canal take to heal?

For most patients, it doesn’t take but a few days to recover. However, in some rare cases, it may take a week (or two) to heal, post a root canal procedure. After the root canal procedure, feeling some tenderness around the tooth is normal and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication. But, if you experience unusual swelling or severe pain, then contact your dentist immediately.

  • Are root canals really necessary?

In case of a severely damaged or decayed tooth, undergoing a root canal is necessary to preserve your natural tooth.

  • How do you know if you need a root canal?

Persistent pain in the tooth is the first sign that you need a root canal. Other symptoms include sensitivity to hot & cold foods, discomfort when biting or chewing food, discolouration, etc.

  • Can I brush my teeth after a root canal?

Unless mentioned differently by your dentist, you can brush and floss your teeth like usual after a root canal.

  • Does a root canal last forever?

Root canal treatment has a high success rate and can last a lifetime with proper care, beginning with practising good oral hygiene.

  • Do I need a crown after a root canal?

Since your natural tooth will become shallow and brittle after the root canal procedure, a crown can help reinforce the treated tooth and prevent any fracture.

  • How soon after a root canal can you eat?

Wait until the numbness in your mouth wears off before you eat anything post the root canal surgery. This will ensure that you won’t accidentally bite your tongue or cheek. Also, until the treated tooth is fully restored by the dentist with a permanent filling or a dental crown, avoid chewing or biting down on it to prevent any damage.

  • Can I drink water after a root canal?

Once the numbness wears off, you can eat and drink normally post a root canal procedure.

  • What should I avoid after a root canal?

Some of the foods to avoid after a root canal are hot and spicy foods as they may lead to sensitivity and irritate your gum tissues. Crunchy and hard foods is also a complete no-no as it may lead to accidental fracture or broken tooth. Also, avoid drinking alcohol as it may hinder in the root canal recovery process.

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Adarsh (Principal Dentist)


Adarsh (A-Dash) is the principal dentist at Oris Dental. Adarsh graduated as a dentist in 1996 from the University of Mumbai (Bombay, India). He entered private practice as an assistant dentist in one of the leading practices in Mumbai from 1996-2002. The practice offered all aspects of dentistry with the exception of Orthodontics. This prompted Adarsh to pursue a post graduate degree in Orthodontics and successfully completed the 3 year Full time the master’s program from University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) in 2005. Since then, Adarsh has been in private practice both as a general dentist and an orthodontist. He also served as teaching faculty at University in Mumbai for 3 yrs and when in India, he has been ‘the dentist’ to many dentists!! In 2008, Adarsh took the Australian Dental Council exam for direct recognition of his skill in Australia. He successfully completed the exams in the first attempt and moved to Australia early 2009. He has been in private practice in Australia since Jan 2009. Oris Dental was set up in Minyama in 2011. Oris Dental is now over 8 years old and is growing to be a well-respected practice in the area. He is particularly interested in Cosmetic dentistry Dental implants and Orthodontics. Adarsh hopes to use all the experience he has gained in the past 22 years, to offer the best in dentistry to all his patients in this practice. Adarsh believes in spreading smiles and has successfully designed smiles and in doing so improved the lives and self-confidence of many Sunshine Coast locals (Take a look at our Smile gallery!). Adarsh is an active member of the Australian Dental Association since 2009 He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics in Mumbai University before moving to Australia. He is a Life member of the Indian Dental Association, serving as the General Secretary of the Association (Mumbai City Chapter) 2007-2009 He is Life member of the Indian Orthodontic Society. He is Candidate for Membership Examination MRACDS (Ortho) and plans to complete his membership exams soon. Adarsh is also currently pursuing his Diploma in Implant dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons(Edinburgh). Adarsh has recently complete intensive training in implant placement and restoration in Neoss and TRI (Swiss) Implant system. He is married to Prachi for 15yrs and they have a 11 yr old son – Aarjav, a little daughter Aria who has just started prep and Daisy the mad Lab pup! He is currently learning to play Tennis and Badminton and loves watching the cricket!

Prachi (Owner/ Dentist)


Prachi is the director, part time dentist at Oris Dental. Prachi graduated in 2002 from Nair hospital dental college, Mumbai (Bombay, India), one of the leading dental schools in Asia. She then worked in multiple private practices across Mumbai (Bombay, India). While working as a dentist in various practices she picked up the positives from them and implemented them into this practice at Oris Dental. She is very friendly by nature and is particularly good at handling children, preventive dentistry and hygiene. Prachi moved to Australia in 2009. Prachi has there on completed her Australian Dental council exams successfully in early 2011 and is now ready to bring in her 12 years of experience to Oris Dental. Prachi also serves as a part time dentist at the Oral Health Services Sunshine Coast in Caloundra Kawana and Nambour as needed.

Davina (Dentist)


Davina has been a part of our family since 2014. After completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland, Davina has been in private practice in an around the Sunshine coast for a year before joining us full time. Davina shows exemplary skills in building a great relationship and rapport with her patients and is well regarded by her peers. Davina is very highly regarded by her current patients. Davina currently works 3 days a week.

Lise Slack (Dental Hygienist)

Lise Stack

Our dental hygienist Lise Slack is a trained member of the dental team who works together with your dentist in preventing gum diseases and dental decay.

Lise joined OrisDental in 2015 and has worked extensively in private specialist practices. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1982 and has had specific training and exposure to an extensive range of periodontal conditions and treatment modalities.

Lise’s dad was a professor in dentistry and this is where her love of teeth comes from. She has invented two specialist oral care products which are available in Australia and several international countries. Lise has also lectured at international dental conferences on the maintenance of dental implants and how to help patients care for their teeth once they have contracted periodontitis.

Both adults and children can benefit from having an appointment with a dental hygienist as they are taught how dental diseases occur and how it can be prevented or managed.

Lise is married to Sam and they have two daughters. They value their family time and love adventurous outdoor sports.

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jess has been a part of Oris Dental from the outset in 2011. Always cheerful and welcoming Jess is the star amongst our patients at our practice. If you cannot find Jess in the practice she will be at the beach!


Kaela (Receptionist)

Debra (Receptionist)

Kaela arrived at our practice in early 2021. Coming from eight years of retail experience in Northern NSW, she loves working with people and assisting in any way she can. Kaela has also just finished her training as a dental assistant. You will immediately fall in love with her happy, bubbly personality.

Abby (Sr. Dental Assistant)

Abby (Dental Assistant)

Abby is originally from Hervey Bay, but she has been calling the Sunshine Coast home with her husband and two kids for the past four and a half years. Abby completed her cert III in dental assisting in 2015 and is looking to further her studies In the near future. Abby enjoys camping, playing guitar, and travelling
the world with her family.

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    Dr. Param Dass

    Dr. Param Dass

    Param Dass graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 2005. He went on to complete his Bachelor in Medicine from the University of Auckland NZ in 2010.

    Param started working part time in our practice since 2015 with special interest in surgical procedures including Dental implants and bone grafting procedures, Surgical extractions including Wisdom teeth and other minor surgical procedures.

    Param is well known for being gentle and caring in treating patients with dental anxiety and maintains a calm demeanour.

    He is also well trained in working with patients with various levels of anxiety, offering dental treatment under Happy Gas, Twilight sedation or under Full general anaesthetic.

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Brayden hails from North Queensland, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU Cairns, practicing in Hobart and outreach dentistry from Mount Isa over the course of his studies. He has worked with us since 2020. Brayden enjoys becoming a part of a community and enjoys the outdoors and sport in his spare
    time. Having only recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Brayden is enthusiastic and well versed in all aspects of basic general dentistry and looks forward to bringing North Queensland hospitality to the South East.



    Briar stated off as a trainee dental assistant in our practice mid-2020. She is the youngest member of our practice and is rapidly becoming an integral part of team Oris. Briar completed her Certificate 3 in our practice in 2021 and works full time Dental assistant at Oris Dental.



    Drew is Oris Dental’ newest member, who has only recently moved from his hometown of Rockhampton. He is our Oral Health Therapist, who specializes in oral health education, general check-ups, fillings and more!
    He loves a good chat and a laugh at work. He prioritizes patient’s comfort and likes to encourage an environment where everyone feels a sense of security and safety in the dental setting. When Drew isn’t at work you’ll find him having a refreshing swim at the beach or having his usual dirty chai at his local cafe.



    Jasmine joined our practice in November 2021 and works with our Oral Health Therapist Drew. Jasmine is new to dental assistance, however is quickly taking on any and all challenges that come her way! She loves animals, and spending quality time with her husband and two kids. Welcome to the team!



    Brooke is originally from Brisbane but has been living on the coast since 2017. She brings over 15 years of experience in the dental industry and has had the opportunity to work in London and Melbourne for the Royal Flying Doctors. Brooke enjoys surfing, scuba diving and exploring the many things that the Sunny Coast has to offer.