Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is an endodontic treatment used by dental professionals to save a tooth with dead or irreversible tooth pulp damage. The main goal is to prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of your mouth or inflict further damage to the tooth itself.
Common Signs I Need a Root Canal Treatment
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FAQ's About Root Canal Therapy in Gosnells
The total cost of root canal treatment depends on many factors, such as how many teeth are infected that need the procedure, the location, and if you require a crown replacement. The National Dental fee Survey reported that the standard cost of a root canal in Australia might range from $2,000 to $3,400 without a crown. A molar root canal with three canals in Australia may cost between $2,760 and $4,760 without a crown and up to $6,480 with a crown.
An example of a more specific average total cost of root canal treatment in Western Australia are the following:
- Root Canal with filling (1 canal): $623 to $937. Including the x-ray, mechanical preparation, and pulp obturation.
- Root Canal with a crown (2 canals): $2495 to $3330. Including the x-ray, each and additional mechanical preparation, each and additional pulp obturation, and full crown.
- Root Canal with filling (3 canals): $1222 to $1743. Including the x-ray, each and additional mechanical preparation, and each and additional pulp obturation.
- Root Canal with a crown (4 canals): $3085 to $4136. Including the x-ray, each and additional mechanical preparation, each and additional pulp obturation, and full crown.
You must have an underlying dental condition that requires a root canal to be a candidate. It occurs when tooth decay has progressed sufficiently to penetrate the enamel and dentin. It causes the dental pulp, which contains the nerves, to become infected. As a result, pain occurs. The following cases or signs may be necessary for considering root canal therapy.
- If the infected tooth can be saved through root canal treatment.
- A loose tooth that does not need a tooth extraction.
- Experiencing severe pain.
- Pus surrounding the infected tooth.
- Swollen gums.
- Infected or dead pulp.
- A deep cavity or a cracked tooth that bacteria can enter and reach the dental pulp.
In this situation, the only alternative is tooth extraction. In many cases, this can cause the adjacent teeth to move, resulting in an abnormal bite. It may be cheaper to pull your tooth out initially, but the space or gap left will likely need a bridge or implant, which can be more expensive than root canal treatment. If the infected tooth may work well with root canal therapy, it may be the best option. It is best to keep your natural tooth than to have them extracted and replaced with false teeth.
Overall, the dentist will determine which dental procedure is suitable for your situation.
Most people fear this kind of procedure due to its possibility of being painful, but the treatment carried out by a trained dentist will not be nearly as painful as they fear.
Generally, the pain most patients feel comes from the infection. The treatment rarely or does not cause pain but instead serves to alleviate the symptoms. Thus, the oral surgeon will induce local anesthesia to numb the tooth and reduce the pain of the procedure.
You may experience some mild tenderness after root canal therapy. The dentists may recommend over-the-counter pain medication to manage the discomfort. A prescription of an antibiotic will be provided to prevent and treat the infection following the procedure.
A root canal therapy typically takes between one and three sessions. The dentist first inspects the tooth with an x-ray to check for the shape of the root canals and assess whether any infection exists in the bone surrounding it.
- Cleaning the root canal
During the first stage of root canal treatment, the dentist removes everything found inside. Such as old fillings, pus, debris, tooth decay, and infected nerve tissue will be removed.
The dentist makes a small access hole in the tooth’s surface and uses tiny files to remove the diseased and dead pulp tissue while the patient is under local anesthesia.
- Shaping the root canal
The canals within the tooth root must be shaped into smooth, hollow tunnels free of obstructions where residual germs may accumulate and to be filled well. This process may include special tools, disinfectants, and medications. It might take several weeks to months for these treatments to effectively fight against persistent bacteria in the tooth. This process may need to be repeated.
- Filling the root canal
To avoid bacteria from re-infecting the canal space in your tooth, they are permanently sealed with a long-lasting barrier material.
- Filling or dental crown
However, the tooth after the root canal procedure will now be more fragile than before. 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 from future fracturing as the tooth becomes more fragile.
After root canal treatment, the patient is advised not to chew or bite on the tooth until the dental crown or filling is applied. When the replacement is complete, the patient can normally chew or bite.
Risks and disadvantages of root canal
Success has been achieved with root canal treatments. In rare cases, treatment may need to be repeated if there are diseased canal offshoots that were not detected initially or if the canal filing instrument breaks in the canal, which may cause to perforate the canal.
In addition, root canal treatment can cause a recurrence of infection, but it is uncommon. Root canals that are not cleaned properly or roots that have cracks in them can cause this. If this occurs, retreatment may be required.
Our dentists in Ashburton Dental Centre can advise you on the risks associated with root canal treatments.
In general, all dentists have been trained in root canal therapy. Depending on the situation, some dentists may refer complicated cases to an endodontist. Endodontists are dentists who specialize in root canal procedures.
Your dentist can refer you to a specialist endodontist if you would like a specialist opinion.
The success rate of root canal treatment is at 95%. In extremely rare situations, a complication of the root canal may occur if the procedure is not correctly done. The following are the common indications:
- Persistent pain
Mild discomfort is common to experience after the root canal. But, if the pain increases and persists following few days or if the tooth seems better at first, but spontaneous pain occurs, it may be an indication of failed root canal therapy.
It is not uncommon for your face or mouth to swell for a day or two after the procedure. Your root canal may have failed if you experience any new swelling or if it persists.
If you notice bleeding or pus coming from the treated tooth or area around the gums, you may have an abscess. An abscess is usually accompanied by pain, but not always, so you should check any discharge for an abscess.
Any invasive procedure may carry risks, and it is recommended to follow your dentist’s instructions or have a second opinion from a specialist.