Prevent Further Tooth Damage With Root Canal Therapy
Root canal treatment is a common dental procedure that many people avoid because they are afraid of the pain. However, this dental treatment is often necessary to save a tooth from further damage. Root canal treatment helps save teeth when they’re infected.
Root canal therapy involves the removal of the nerve in the centre of the tooth, filling up the canal spaces, and restoring the tooth. This process gives “dead teeth” a second chance to achieve a healthy appearance and long-term use. It also prevents further damage from developing.
At Maylands Dental Centre, we make sure that you are comfortable and informed every step of the way. Our root canal therapy is as comfortable and painless as possible with the use of the latest technology and equipment. We also offer sedation dentistry for those who feel anxious about their treatment. Our experienced dentists are experienced and will make sure that you are comfortable during your root canal therapy.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Several factors affect a root canal treatment cost, including the number of canals that need to be filled and whether a dental crown is necessary.
With a root canal filling material, one canal procedure costs between $600 and $750, while two-canal treatment with a dental crown costs between $2,300 and $2,850.
A root canal therapy procedure requires multiple appointments, with a badly infected tooth needing more appointments. It involves several stages, with each stage taking 30–60 minutes for a simple tooth and 90 minutes for multiple canals or if the tooth has been seriously injured by root trauma.
- During your first appointment, your dentist will first take x-rays of the affected tooth before numbing it, so you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. We will place a rubber dam around your tooth during treatment to keep it dry, protect you from chemicals, and maintain a bacteria-free environment. A bacteria-free environment reduces the risk of a new tooth infection forming. Then, they will carefully extract the infected pulp from inside your tooth. The tooth root is then filled with gutta-percha, a root canal filling material.
- The second appointment will involve cleaning, shaping, and sealing the root canal. Root canals are typically very narrow, so filling them can be difficult. By using a series of small files, your dentist will enlarge the canals and give them a regular shape so that they can be filled. This can take several hours and may require multiple visits to accomplish.
- The last appointment will be scheduled when your tooth has completely healed. This is when your dentist will place an artificial crown, or onlay, on your tooth.
- The best outcome for a root-filled tooth is when the root canal treatment is completed quickly, not drawn out over months and months, and a strong protective layer is placed over the tooth, typically an onlay or dental crown.
Since a root canal is a major procedure, some pain is to be expected after root canal therapy. In the first few days after a root canal, sensitivity, swelling, and inflammation may occur.
You may need to wait for 1 to 2 weeks before the crown is placed and the treatment is completed. To avoid tooth damage, limit your diet to softer foods during this time. To prevent food particles from entering the unprotected tooth, rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater.
Keep your teeth healthy by maintaining good oral hygiene. Make sure you brush at least twice a day, floss once a day, and avoid sugary foods and drinks. Do not forget to return to your dentist for a permanent crown if you need one.
The European Journal of Dentistry (EJD) reports that root canal therapy has a very high success rate, ranging between 86% and 98%. It is one of the safest, most effective, and most valuable dental procedures available today.
After a root canal, practice good oral hygiene to keep your teeth healthy. Maintain the health of your teeth by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and using antiseptic mouthwash on a regular basis.
The dentist will schedule a follow-up appointment with you after your actual root canal procedure is completed to ensure that everything has healed properly. After that, you should resume your regular dental appointments for cleanings and checkups. If you experience swelling or tooth pain in the future, visit your dentist. A properly treated tooth may require treatment again, even years after initial root canal therapy.
At Maylands Dental Centre, we help our patients decide whether to undergo root canal therapy or tooth extraction on a daily basis. When your tooth pulp is severely infected, you may require root canal treatment. It can prevent the need for tooth extraction. A well restored, root-filled tooth can last a very long time in your mouth, well over ten years.
A gap left by the extraction of a tooth must usually be filled with another restorative option, such as a denture, dental bridge, or dental implant. The long-term cost of these treatments can be greater than keeping the tooth through root canal therapy and final restoration. Whenever possible, keeping your natural tooth is always a better choice than alternative tooth replacement options.
Our friendly dentists will support you no matter what decision you make about maintaining your tooth or not. Our dental team will discuss your tooth’s prognosis and specifics with you so that you can come up with the best decision for your own particular circumstances and risk factors.
All dentists are trained to carry out root canal treatments. In most cases, root canal therapy is performed by a general dentist, but in some complex cases, an endodontist (a dental specialist in root canal procedures) may be recommended.