Root Canals – One Page that Tells you Everything
Below we have detailed a guide on everything you’ll need to know about root canals. If you’re worried about the pain, we’d like to first and foremostly address that with today’s technology, parallelled by the skill of our doctors at Kew Dentistry; the procedure is painless and, of course, very effective.
Read on for more information on root canal costs, the procedure and whether or not you are a candidate for the treatment.
Table of Content
- What is a Root Canal?
- Why does it get Infected?
- How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
- The Root Canal Procedure
- Are you a Candidate?
- Root Canal Pain and Symptoms
- FAQs Around Root Canals
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What is a Root Canal?
A root canal refers to the endodontic treatment, which amending and eliminates inner-tooth decay and infection. A successful root canal eliminates the affected dental pulp and reshapes the canal to stop the spread of infection.
Why does it get Infected?
The dental pulp is the blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues inside the tooth that provides nutrients, feeling, and protection to the tooth. As for why the infection occurs, you can probably take a stab at it; sugary foods, bacteria, and plaque. The best preventative? Brushing, flossing, regular visits to the dentist and a balanced diet – we’ve all heard the saying about apples and doctors.
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
The root canal price is approximately $1500-$2500. Like most procedures, the cost is pivotal on the details of the patient. For instance, how many root canals are needed? Is the root canal in the front tooth or molars? How extensive the decay is etc. All procedure characteristics are identified in the first consultation and x-rays, and accurate pricing is given to the patient.
The Root Canal Procedure
Root canal therapy is one of the more common procedures, and it’s seen by dentists on a daily basis. Many years ago, root canals required the complete removal of the tooth; these days, dentists can remove the decayed pulp while keeping the original tooth and maintaining its health by adding a filling or crown.
Root canal therapy is broken up into three separate appointments.
The Steps to a Root Canal Procedure
Step 1. Consultation
Meet with your dentist to discuss whether you need a root canal. Our dentists will assess the health of your dental pulp, identify why you are feeling pain and the course of action through examinations and x-rays.
Step 2. Book a Secondary Appointment
If you are a candidate for root canal treatment, we request that you book a secondary appointment to receive the next stage of root canal therapy.
Step 3. Removing Decay
It’s a common misconception that root canals are horribly painful. The doctors at Kew Dentistry apply anaesthesia to the affected area to supply a numbing relief so you won’t feel a thing. Your dentists will remove the dead nerve(s) inside the tooth, using files and medicating the canals to clear the infection and settle discomfort.
After removing the decayed pulp, the canal is irrigated and medicated. It is imperative to ensure the canals are cleaned to the deepest roots otherwise, you risk re-infection or failed root canal treatments.
Step 4. Covering the Tooth
The tooth is once again cleaned, medicated, and then the permanent filling is added. If it is a Molar, your dentist will add a crown over the top of your filling and after a couple of days of mild discomfort, you’ll be completely back to normal.
Are you a Candidate?
Determining whether you are a candidate for root canal treatment is best dealt with a hasty appointment with a qualified dentist – Contact here if you’d like to skip the pleasantries.
Initially, identifying whether you may be a candidate for the root canal procedure is cross-referencing the comparison of symptoms commonly associated with the procedure.
Root Canal Pain and Symptoms
The following symptoms may give you a good indication of whether it’s time to see the dentist.
Persistent Tooth Pain
If you’re experiencing persistent tooth pain or frequented spikes in pain, odds are you may need a root canal and certainly need a check-up.
Does the idea of exposing your teeth to icy water rub you the wrong way? If you’re experiencing unbearable pain due to tooth sensitivity, you may have nerve damage in one or some of your teeth.
Trauma to the tooth and a breakdown of the blood vessels inside your tooth can lead to discolouration of the tooth. If you notice a grey-blackish tinge appearing on your tooth, it could be a sign of infection within the internal tissue. Whilst discolouration can be the symptom of other issues, it is essential to visit your doctor and validate your worries.
Swelling or Sensitive Gums
If your gums are painful to touch or show signs of swelling, this could indicate issues relating to a root canal. Swelling may be caused by the build of dead tissue or a sign of other infections or cysts.
Read our article on – Do Root Canals Hurt?
FAQs Around Root Canals
There are many commonly asked questions around root canal therapy, including costs, treatment details, and symptoms.
How long does a root canal take?
The treatment is split up into three sessions that are spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
- First Appointment – 30-60 minutes
- Second Appointment – 45-60 minutes
- Third Appointment – 30 mins
What are the root canal symptoms?
- Persistent Tooth Pain
- Tooth Sensitivity
- Swelling or Sensitive Gums
Can you eat after having a root canal?
You will be able to eat soon after the root canal procedure. Still, doctors will recommend waiting until the anaesthesia completely wears off to avoid accidentally biting your tongue or cheeks without knowing.
What are the root canal treatment stages?
Consultation Appointment – Checkup
Secondary Appointment – Decay removal
Third Appointment – Filling and crown
What does the Root Canal treatment cost?
Approximately $1500-$2500. And an extra $1950 if you need to get a crown. All prices are subject to change after the first consultation and examination.