Root Canal Treatment is a painless option to protect and preserve a severely decayed or infected tooth. It will eliminate any pain you may be experiencing and save you from losing the tooth. Contrary to popular belief, root canal treatments can be completed with precision in comfort and ease. We promise to ensure you can be comfortable without any anxieties before and during the treatment.
At Grand Dental, we believe there is no better alternative to your own teeth – therefore meticulous effort is placed in saving your teeth. Employing the best in endodontic advancements, we can reassure you of high success rates for our root canal treatments.
To book your root canal appointment, contact our friendly team today!
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a treatment used to save a tooth that has a dead or infected pulp. Inside all teeth, there is a pulp that provides nerves and nutrients to the tooth. This pulp can sometimes die if it gets damaged or diseased. However, if this happens, a root canal can save the tooth by cleaning out the pulp. The nerves of a tooth isn’t vitally important to its function after the tooth has fully emerged. The only thing it provides is the sensation of hot and cold. Once the pulp has been removed, the root canal is cleaned and sealed, and a crown is placed onto the tooth to provide strength. In the past, if you had a damaged pulp the affected teeth would have to be removed completely. But today, root canals have provided dental professionals with a safe solution that saves the tooth.
How does pulp damage occur?
The common causes of pulp damage are:
- A cracked or chipped tooth
- A deep, untreated cavity
- Repeated dental procedures on a single tooth
- Large fillings
- An injury to a tooth, such as a severe knock to the tooth
If the infection isn’t treated it can become so severe that the tooth has to be pulled out.
Is a root canal necessary?
Many people ask the question “If I leave my root canal untreated, what would happen?” The answer is that it is impossible for your tooth to heal by itself.
Untreated infection could lead to:
- Severe pains
- Deterioration of bone
- An abscess (pocket of pus) forming at the root of the tooth
- Your tooth having to be removed
- Swelling that can spread to the face, neck and head
- Tooth drainage problems
The infected tooth may also affect surrounding teeth, with can lead to:
- Blood poisoning
How does a root canal work?
During a root canal there is little to no discomfort experienced. Usually treatment includes visiting your dentist one to three times.
This is a quick guide to how the procedure works:
- Anesthesia is administered to numb the tooth and the surrounding area
- An opening is created at the top of the tooth down into the pulp chamber
- The damaged/dead pulp is removed and the root canal is irrigated and medicated.
- A non-permanent filling is placed in the opening to protect it between procedures. Sometimes the tooth may be left open to drain.
- The filling is removed and the pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned and filled.
- If needed, a crown is placed over the tooth.
After the procedure
For a few days after the root canal, your tooth/teeth might feel a sensitive and a bit uncomfortable. However, this discomfort can usually be subsided with the use of painkillers. If you are in the middle of a procedure and were sent home with a non-permanent filling, it is wise to minimise chewing on the tooth to avoid recontamination.
After your root canal, it is essential that you take good care of your gums and teeth. An additional appointment with your dentist might be necessary to check that all signs of infection are gone.
How painful is a root canal?
Although root canals have a reputation for being very painful, most people say that having a root canal isn’t any worse than getting a regular filling.
How long will the restored tooth last?
Any of your teeth that are restored and treat can last for your entire life with proper care. Tooth decay can still affect treated teeth, so it is important to practise good oral hygiene and get professional dental checkups every 6 months. Because treated teeth no longer have a pulp to keep them alive, they can become more brittle and prone to breakage. Make sure to keep this in mind when deciding to fill or crown your tooth/teeth after a root canal.
The success or failure of a root canal can be tested by comparing x-rays of your bone structure prior to the treatment to ones after the treatment. If bone is successfully being regenerated, it means the root canal was successful. Root canals generally have a success rate of around 95%
There are a few reasons that a root canal can be unsuccessful, including:
- There were more canals in the tooth than anticipated (leaving one uncleaned)
- There was an undetected crack in the root of a tooth
- The restoration was a failure and allowed bacteria to get in the tooth and recontaminate the area
- The inner sealing broke down over time, allowing bacteria to recontaminate the area
Preventing root canals
When it’s narrowed down, almost all the reasons for a root canal happen due to inadequate dental hygiene. This means that brushing and flossing at least twice a day, and seeing a dentist every 6 months for a check up can help prevent you from having to get a root canal. Sports and impact related causes can be helped by wearing a mouth guard.
How much does it cost?
The cost of root canals depends on many factors, including how many canals need to be treated and if a crown is required. Every individual case is different so we highly recommend that you visit Dr. Max for a thorough examination and discussion.
At Grand Dental, we believe there is no better alternative to your own teeth so preserving and saving your own natural teeth for as long as possible is our goal. Leveraging latest endodontic advancements, we can reassure you high success rates for our root canal treatments.
Call us on 02 4742 1004 or simply email Grand Dental for a no-obligation consultation on root canal and discuss your root canal treatment options, including payment plans.