Root canal treatment
The aim of root canal treatment (also called endodontic treatment) is to save a tooth that has become infected. Root canal treatment is necessary when the nerve and tissues of the root inside your tooth die due to:
- Bacterial Infection (Such as from A Cavity)
- Physical trauma to the tooth (such as from an injury)
Root canal treatment is the process of removing the infected tissue within the tooth, carefully cleaning and disinfecting the canals and then filling and sealing the hollow space where the pulp tissue was. Once the root canal treatment is complete, the tooth is restored with a white filling. Following root canal treatment, your tooth may become weaker as it no longer has a blood supply. This is especially true for back teeth and teeth that are missing a lot of tooth structure. In these cases, a crown is usually recommended to strengthen the tooth and enhance the long-term success of your treatment.
What Happens During Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal is an effective treatment utilised to restore the functionality of your teeth and restore their performative properties. At Greenland Dental, our root canal treatment consists of the following:
An X-ray will be taken to find the root canal shape and determine whether an infection has occurred in the bone surrounding the tooth
Our dentist will use an anaesthetic to numb the area around the tooth.
An access will be made in the tooth to remove the infected pulp.
Tooth canals will be shaped, cleaned, and disinfected.
The access will be filled, and the strength of your tooth will be restored.
This procedure may take more than one dental visit, depending on the complexity of your case. Our team will sit down with you for a one-on-one consultation session to ensure you are fully prepared for your procedure and understand how it will work. During this time, we will answer any questions you may have about the root canal treatment, including the process, recovery, and benefits. For more information on how your root canal treatment may look, contact our team today.
Why save an infected tooth?
Once a tooth becomes infected, generally the two treatment options you’ll have will be to save it by completing a root canal treatment or have the tooth removed. Most people prefer to save their teeth as your own tooth is usually stronger and more efficient for biting and chewing than any artificial replacement.
Can all infected teeth be saved?
Unfortunately, not all teeth can be restored. Your dentist will not complete a root canal treatment unless the treatment has a high chance of success. For complex cases, your dentist may recommend a root canal specialist referral to ensure you get the best result for your tooth. Root canal treatment may not be appropriate in some cases, and extraction may be the best or only option.
To improve the chances of success, root canal treatment should be started and finished as soon as possible. If the pulp of the tooth is not treated quickly, severe pain and an abscess can occur. If an abscess is left untreated, infection can damage the bone surrounding the root.
Root Canal Cost
At Greenland Dental, we believe everyone should have access to premium dental care for an affordable price. We aim to keep our prices as low as possible to ensure root canal treatments are accessible when needed most. The price of most dental treatments is based on various factors, including oral health history, the severity of your individual case, and any other dental procedures that need to be completed in addition to the treatment. Therefore, there is no fixed root canal cost as the final price will vary.
The average cost of a root canal treatment ranges between $1000- $2500. However, this price refers to a root canal treatment without the addition of a crown. If a dental crown is needed to restore your oral health functionality, the price may be higher. For more information on root canal costs at Greenland Dental, please contact our team today.
What to expect after root canal treatment
- The anaesthetic will usually last for a few hours, so take care not to chew your lip, tongue or cheek while you are still numb
- The gum tissue can become irritated during your procedure and may be sore for a few days
- Some patients may continue to experience pain around the tooth, or the tooth may feel slightly different to the other teeth both during and after treatment. If the pain is severe or lasts more than a few days, please give us a call
- If your bite feels uneven after the anaesthetic wears off, please call us to arrange an appointment to have it assessed and adjusted if required
- During the procedure the root canals are filled and the pulp chamber is sealed, however the tooth can still decay. To prevent decay and gum disease from occurring it’s important that you maintain good daily oral hygiene
- In some cases, a root canal treated tooth may become darker in colour. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your tooth, talk to your dentist to discuss cosmetic options such as internal bleaching or a crown
Leaving A Root Canal Untreated
Never leave an infected root canal untreated. If the issue isn’t dealt with properly, the bacteria from the infection can spread (via the tooth’s roots) directly into the tissue surrounding the jaw and gums. This can result in many dental and health complications such as a dental abscess, loss of a tooth, inflammation of the mouth or infection spread to the body. Additionally, it can trigger more dangerous problems, such as heart disease. A root canal treatment from Greenland Dental ensures you get the professional help you need to achieve optimal oral health.
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