Root Canal Treatment

Sometimes teeth will die and the pulp tissues inside the tooth will become irreversibly inflamed, and the only option will be root canal treatment or extraction of the tooth.

Root canal treatment has a pretty bad reputation, but just like the rest of dentistry, it has come a long way!

If you think you may need root canal treatment, book in with one of friendly dentists for a consultation.

WHAT IS ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?

Root canal treatment is a process in which the inflamed tissue (pulp) is removed from inside the infected tooth.

The pulp can become irreversibly inflamed from a number of causes such as:

  • Dental Caries

  • Trauma

  • Traumatic occlusion

  • Heavily restored teeth

  • Broken teeth

  • Periodontitis (gum disease)

WHAT SYMPTOMS WOULD I HAVE?

When the pulp tissue becomes irreversibly inflamed the infected tooth typically becomes severely painful and will develop thermal sensitivity i.e. to hot and cold which has a tendency to linger, in addition to pain with pressure. Irreversibly inflamed teeth have a tendency to not respond to pain relief and the pain can be so severe it will wake you from your sleep. In some instances there may also be associated swelling. this can be localised or may spread to surrounding tissues causing facial swelling.

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN ROOT CANAL TREATMENT AND HOW MANY VISITS DOES IT TAKE?

Upon initial diagnosis at an emergency appointment the tooth root canal system is accessed and the bulk of the nerve is removed from the tooth, at the subsequent visit the root canal system is cleaned and disinfected, the final stage involves the root canal being filled with a filling material and sealant. It doesn’t sound the nicest, but remember you’ll be nice and numb throughout this process.

This process is normally completed over three visits, however given differences in anatomy this will differ in some cases.

During visits the tooth is dressed with an antibacterial dressing which will help to relieve the inflammation within the tooth and aid in healing the infection.

The tooth will then require a permanent restoration this may be in the form of a filling or in some cases a crown.

WILL I NEED TO SEE AN ENDODONTIST?

All dentists are trained in Root canal treatment, however in some cases there are anatomical variations or other complications with treatment that may warrant a specialist referral to an endodontist.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

The cost of root canal treatment varies depending on the number of canals within the inflamed tooth. A treatment plan will be determined upon assessment of the inflamed tooth and confirmation of the diagnosis, at which time you will be given a treatment plan of the associated fees.

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