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What is a Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatments are designed to relieve tooth pain by extracting nerve tissues. This treatment means you can repair and save a badly infected or damaged tooth rather than extracting it.
The term “root canal” refers to the cleaning of the canals inside the tooth’s root and the removal of the pulp and blood supply.
The symptoms the indicate the need for a Root Canal Treatment?
- pain after eating or drinking hot and cold substances, that often lingers
- a swollen face
- pain when eating
- any discharge around the affected tooth
- swollen gum or gums
- tooth abscesses
Root Canal questions
What are the causes of pulp damage?
- deep-seated and untreated dental decay
- decay beneath a deep filling
- trauma that damages a tooth
- habitual tooth grinding (bruxism)
- long-standing cracks in the teeth
- advanced gum disease.
What will happen if we don’t fix it?
If tooth pulp infection is left untreated, complications could include:
spreading infection – once the pulp becomes infected, it loses its ability to fight the spread of the infection. If bacteria find their way into the pulp chamber, the bacteria will multiply. This can lead to a blister of a draining sinus full of suppuration or pus.
localised bone loss – the infection may spread around the ends of the infected root canal and erode surrounding jaw bone; this may affect the ability to place dental implants in the future.
loss of tooth – the tooth may have to be removed, which interferes with the person’s ability to bite and chew and may affect appearance if the tooth is near the front of the mouth. Tooth replacement with dentures, bridges or dental implants are costly, and usually it is cheaper to try and keep your tooth if at all possible.
Why do we have to do crown after Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal treated tooth often becomes weakened after drilling a large hole straight through the middle of the tooth.
The other reason of putting a dental crown on following root canal treatment is for cosmetic reasons. After root canal treatment tooth will became yellowish and darker in colour as there is no blood supply to the tooth. For this reason it is a good option to cover the tooth with a crown or veneer following root canal treatment.
Is this going to hurt?
Root canal procedures have the reputation of being painful. Actually, most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed, and generally our patients tend to fall asleep due to the sophisticated equipment we use.
Will I need to have a rubber dam on my tooth?
A rubber dam is essential for root canal treatment. They are great for minimizing funny tastes in your mouth.
What should I expect after root canal treatments?
For the first few days following the completion of a root canal, the tooth may feel sensitive due to natural tissue inflammation. This can be relieved taking over-the-counter medications
How Successful Are Root Canals?
With an early diagnosis, root canal treatment is highly successful; the procedure has more than a 95% success rate after 5 years with a crown being placed as well.
What is the cost of a Root Canal Treatment?
The fee varies from $500-$2000 depending on how severe the problem is and the tooth affected.
This fee does not include health insurance rebates and you may be eligible for interest-free payment plans should that be of need.
We are also proud to have teamed up with MySuperCare to assist with early release of superannuation.
The entire process will be completed with a highly trained expert, and estimates will include fees for multiple appointments and dental crowns.
You will be able to discuss sedation options to make the process pain-free.
What is the procedure for a Root Canal treatment?
There are four stages or root canal treatment, as follows