What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root Canal Treatment (also called “endodontic” treatment) is the treatment used to save a tooth that has been badly infected or damaged due to decay, disease or injury.

When there is an infection or damage in a tooth, it can either be extracted or saved by having Root Canal Treatment. We generally recommend saving a tooth by root canal treatment (unless there is a strong reason to have a tooth extracted). We recommend saving your tooth as your own tooth is naturally stronger and more efficient for biting and chewing.

In some cases, extraction is an appropriate option rather than root canal treatment.

What are the Symptoms of Root Canal treatment?

Symptoms may include pain, sensitivity to heat, sensitivity to cold, discolouration of the tooth, sore gums or swelling.
Root canal treatment is needed when the pulp becomes severely infected or inflamed.

Why should I choose Root Canal Treatment?

If the pulp of the tooth is not treat sooner, it will result in abscesses (infection in the root of a tooth) or it may cause severe pain.

If the abscess is not treated, the resulting infection can damage the bone surrounding the root and subsequently the tooth will need to be removed.

What is the Procedure of Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is usually done in single dental visit.
First stage involves removing the infection and placing some medication to help settle the nerve of the tooth.
The second stage involves shaping and measuring the nerve cavity to prepare for the final stage.
The third and final stage is filling the nerve cavity with a rubber material to close the space where the nerve was and placing a permanent filling.

How long does a Root Canal Last?

Root canal treatment is successful in most cases. With good oral hygiene practices, it may last for many years and possibly for the rest of your life. It is recommended that root canal treated teeth are capped “crowned” after treatment to help prevent cracking of the teeth.

How much does Root Canal Cost?

The cost of a Root Canal varies depending on many factors, such as

  • What tooth is being treated
  • how many canals are in the tooth
  • The size of the filling
  • The need for any post or structure support at the completion of the Root Canal
  • The Average cost ranges between $1000-$1500

Root Canal treatment is the process for removing the nerve from the tooth and thus relieving any pain from the area. Special medications are used inside the nerve to treat any infections and then the nerves are shaped and filled to stop any bacteria from entering the area.

There should not be any pain after a root canal, if you are still experiencing pain once treatment is complete, there could be the possibility of an extra nerve canal that needs to be treated. Speak to your dentist as they may need to refer you to a specialist.

It is recommended to crown a tooth that is root canal treated because once a tooth has been root treated the tooth is now more brittle and more likely to fracture, crack and brake. A Crowned Root Canal Tooth has a longer life expectancy.