Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is the space within the root of a tooth.The root canal contains the dental pulp, which consists of nerves and blood vessels. If the dental pulp becomes diseased or dies a toothache or an abscess may occur.
In the past these problem teeth were extracted but now your dentist can offer you root canal treatment to care for these teeth.
Why is Root Canal Treatment Necessary?
Root Canal Treatment is most often needed for the relief of pain. A number of conditions can lead to irreversible damage of the dental pulp.
- Deep Fillings
- Tooth Fracture
Sometimes there is no apparent cause.
IS ROOT CANAL TREATMENT PAINFUL?
Local anaesthetic and modern painkillers are used to provide comfortable treatment. Usually painful symptoms improve once treatment is started.
WHAT IS THE COST OF ROOT CANAL?
The cost of the treatment will depend on the difficulty, position and number of canals present in the tooth.
Single Sitting Root Canal - $660
Incisor/Canine - $790
Premolar tooth - $890
Molar tooth - $990
Root Canal Treatment
- An examination with x-rays and special tests to assess the health of the dental pulp and surrounding tissues. Sometimes it is quite difficult to identify which tooth is the cause of the pain.
- Usually a latex sheet called a rubber dam is placed around the tooth to isolate it from the mouth.
- Access to the root canal is measured for length and then cleaned and shaped with fine dental files. The root canals are also washed with sterilising solutions.
- The root canals are then sealed neat to their tip with a permanent filling.
- The tooth is then restored back into useful function.
- The treatment takes three visits to complete with temporary fillings and dressings placed in the tooth between each visit. Antibiotics are sometimes prescribed if there is an infection present.
Post Treatment Care After Root Canal
- You may experience moderate pain and sensitivity to pressure on your tooth. Also, you may feel gum soreness for few days after your treatment. The healing process may take several days but the pain and discomfort should subside gradually.
- Take any medication that was prescribed for you according to instructions.
- Usually a temporary filling has been placed on your tooth; do not bite on the tooth for one hour and while you are numb. Also, until the permanent restoration is placed, be very gentle with the tooth. Try to chew with the opposite side.
- Continue your brushing and flossing.
- Follow up with the placement of your permanent restoration as you have been advised. Any unnecessary delay in placement of final restoration may damage the tooth permanently.
- Please call us if you are in severe pain or experience swelling, or if you have any questions.
Precautions to be taken after Root Canal Treatment
- Avoid chewing gum and eating sticky or hard foods until the entire treatment has completed.
- If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth
- Continue to brush normally
- Floss carefully each day pulling the floss out from the side as you floss next to the temporary—lifting the floss out from the top can cause the temporary to come loose