What Is
Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal treatment is a necessary procedure used by dental professionals to save your tooth with irreversible pulp damage. The goal of this endodontic treatment isn’t just about saving your smile but also preventing further damage from happening and may involve removing the infected pulp.
The procedure involves drilling into the tooth, removing any inflamed pulp, and also carefully cleaning out all bacteria that could potentially cause re-infection within the area. Then, the space is sealed and filled after being treated. A crown may be recommended as a final restoration, especially if the treated tooth is your molars which receives constant chewing forces.
It has an almost 95% success rate. If you’re looking to get your teeth treated, this may be one way of doing it! Root canal treatment is successful and beneficial for patients’ dental health in general- as well as helping them enjoy eating again with no pain.

Common Signs I Need a Root Canal Treatment

Root canal therapy can save damaged tooth with healthy bone support. Infection may be due to tooth decay, repeated dental work, gum disease, or severe injury that damages the tooth’s nerves.
There are instances when a patient may not experience any signs of the infected tooth pulp, and a problem is discovered during routine dental checkups or treatment for other oral health concerns.
Whether you’re experiencing or observing any signs that require root canal therapy, our team will be able to identify and treat your problem. The following are some of the most frequently reported symptoms:

Why Choose
Ashburton Dental Centre for Root Canal?

You should always choose a dental professional who has experience and knowledge in endodontic or root canal therapy. If not treated correctly or left untreated, the diseased pulp may cause further damage that may require invasive surgery on gum tissues as well as tooth extraction.
At Ashburton Dental Centre, patients’ comfort is our top priority. We use the modern equipment and advanced technology to ensure that their treatment meets international standards for quality, safety, and effectiveness-all while maintaining a high level of customer service through the careful treatment planning of our dentists who have years of experience treating root canal related issues.

FAQ's About Root Canal Therapy in Martin

The estimated cost of endodontic treatment is determined by several factors, including the number of infected teeth that require the procedure, the location, and whether or not you require a crown replacement. According to the National Dental Fee Survey, the typical price of a root canal in Australia may range from $2,000 to $3,400 without a crown. In contrast, a molar root canal with three canals can cost between $2,760 and $4,760 without a crown and up to $6,480 with a crown.

The following is an example of a more specific average total cost of root canal therapy in Western Australia:

Root Canal with filling (1 canal): $623 to $937
Root Canal with a crown (2 canals):  $2495 to $3330
Root Canal with filling (3 canals):  $1222 to $1743.
Root Canal with a crown (4 canals): $3085 to $4136.

When a patient has an underlying dental condition like tooth decay that progresses and penetrates the enamel and dentin, they may be suitable candidates for root canal therapy. The bacteria may infect the nerves in the centre of the tooth, resulting in immense tooth pain.

The following signs or symptoms may necessarily require root canal therapy. A root canal treatment may be able to save the infected tooth.

  • Having a loose tooth that does not require removal.
  • Suffering severe pain.
  • A pus-filled area surrounds the infected tooth.
  • Swollen gums.
  • Infected or dead pulp.
  • Cavities or cracks in the tooth can provide access for bacteria to reach the dental pulp.

It is essential to discuss your options with a dentist to find out what the best course of action will be for restoring teeth. There are many factors involved when deciding what type of dental procedure will work for a diseased tooth pulp. It may include how much space or gap remains after extraction and whether an infected tooth may work better if treated through root canal therapy instead. 

Generally speaking, having tooth extraction can be cheaper than root canal treatment. However, the possible consequences of space left after removal may need an additional procedure that can be more expensive. At Ashburton Dental Centre, our dentist will help you have an informed decision for your affected tooth.

The procedure is not nearly as painful as one might think. The dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the tooth and reduce any pain during treatment. You will likely experience some minor tenderness after root canal therapy. Your dentist may recommend over-the counter pain medications to help alleviate discomfort, but we also provide prescriptions for antibiotics to treat infection and prevent a recurrence.

In general, root canals take between one and three sessions. A dentist first examines the tooth with an x-ray to determine how the root canals are laid out and whether the infection has developed in the bone around it.

Cleaning the root canal

The dentist makes a small access hole in the tooth’s surface and uses tiny files to remove diseased pulp while under local anesthesia. Everything found inside is removed, including old fillings, pus, debris, tooth decay, and infected nerve tissue will all be extracted.

Shaping the root canal

When fighting against persistent bacteria in the tooth, it’s crucial to ensure no blockage within these canals. The dentist will shape them into smooth and hollow tunnels to avoid bacteria accumulating. This is done using special tools and medications along with disinfectants. This process can take several weeks and may need to be repeated to be successful.

Filling the root canal

Your teeth are so important, and they deserve the best protection! To keep them clean of bacteria, the dentist will seal them using a durable barrier material to ensure that everything inside stays healthy.

Filling or dental crown

When there is no pulp in a tooth, it must receive nourishment from the ligament that connects it to the bone. A dental crown or filling can provide protection against future fractures as they can become more delicate and brittle over time due to the removal of pulp that makes the tooth healthy and strong.

It is essential to avoid biting your tooth until the dental crown or filling has been applied. When the restoration has been completed, you can enjoy eating again without tooth pain.

Root canal treatments can be expensive and sometimes not covered by health insurance, but it’s worth checking if your plan covers them. In Australia, root canals are typically only covered by health funds with high levels of extras.

Most general dentists have received training to perform root canal therapy successfully. However, the dentist may refer you to an endodontist depending on your case. They are dental professionals that focus on endodontic treatments. 

Your dentist may refer you to a specialist endodontist if you prefer a second opinion.

Root canal treatment is a very common procedure with an impressive success rate. However, in rare situations, complications may occur like other medical procedures.

Here are some signs you need to look out for following root canal therapy:

Persistent pain

The pain that you feel after a root canal may be mild or severe, but if it lasts for more than two days and improves only to come back again with spontaneous episodes of discomfort, then there is most likely an issue.


You may experience some swelling and pain after the treatment, but it is not an uncommon side effect. However, if you notice new swelling or when they did not subside after a few days, it may indicate re-infection or failure of the treatment.


You may have an abscess if you notice bleeding or pus coming from the treated tooth or the area around the gums. A tooth abscess is commonly accompanied by pain, but this is not always the case, so you should look for discharge.

Invasive procedures are always carried out with potential risks, so it is important to follow your dentist’s instructions to avoid complications.

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