Root Canal Treatment by Endodontist

A root canal treatment can save a badly infected or damaged tooth. When damage reaches the dental pulp of your teeth, bacteria can start to multiply which will then lead to infection or an abscess at the end of the tooth’s root. You would need a root canal treatment if your tooth is at this stage of infection and the tooth needs to be saved.

What’s a root canal?

Root canal treatment is when bacteria are cleaned out of an infected root canal to save the tooth and restore it.

The pulp of a tooth is the soft area that’s in the innermost part of the tooth, protected by enamel and dentine. The pulp contains the nerve, blood, connective tissue and blood supply and extends into the root of the tooth. When your teeth decay, the pulp is being exposed to infection.

Root Canal Pain

Many people worry about having this root canal procedure, imagining it to be very painful. However, this dental treatment is usually pain free thanks to modern anaesthetics and the way it’s administered. On the other hand, root canal therapy can be more uncomfortable than a regular filling, simply because the treatment takes longer.

If a decaying pulp is left untreated, an infected tooth can lead to persistent aching and pain, sensitivity to the hot and cold, tooth weakening, fevers, difficulty to breathe and tender, swollen lymph nodes. So, having a decaying tooth in most cases will be more painful than having the root canal treatment itself.

Symptoms

In a lot of cases, symptoms of an infected root canal go unnoticed until the problem has become more advanced. This is why it’s so important to have regular checkups with your dentist to identify root canal problems early. At this point you may experience:

  • Persistent pain in teeth or mouth
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Gum area is swollen
  • Darkened tooth
  • Prolonged sensitivity
  • Deep decay

Regardless if the pain is consistent or disappears from time to time, you may feel it in the depth of your teeth or from your mouth to jaw. There are numerous things this could mean, including gum disease or a cavity, so it’s best to get it checked out as soon as possible in case you need root canal treatment.

Infection

Your tooth can become infected from numerous causes. If you want to avoid having a root canal procedure, you need to follow general dental procedures. These include brushing twice daily, flossing, avoiding acidic drinks and having regular cleans & check ups. On top of this, if you’re experiencing any tooth pain, please book an appointment immediately with us.

What’s a root canal treatment?

A root canal treatment involves accessing the decayed part of the tooth and removing its dental pulp. After, the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, filled and then sealed up.

Root Canal costs

At your trusted Sydney dentist, the root canal cost will vary depending on the complexity of your case, how many root canals are needed and how much of what type of local anaesthetic is needed. Another factor that affects the cost of root canal treatment, is whether you’ll need a dental crown in addition. When your dentist is restoring the tooth, a crown may be needed to restore the tooth’s health and reinforce functionality. The base root canal cost for a singular root canal treatment is approximately $800.

Process and Procedure

To begin the root canal process, x rays will be taken by your dentist. Here, they’ll survey the affected tooth to see the root canal’s shape and determine whether there is an infection and if so, if it’s in the bone or around the tooth. Your trusted dentist at White Dental Clinic will then talk you through your options and what we would recommend to best restore your tooth. If that is root canal treatment, we’ll plan your next appointment.

At your treatment appointment, you will receive local anaesthetic so that the area around the infected tooth is numb before we access the tooth for the pain free pulp removal process. Depending on each individual’s case, It may take several appointments for the tooth to be completely cleaned and the hole to be shaped before the filling is placed. Your tooth may also need strengthening, so your dentist may also install a small support into the root canal. At this point, they may cap the tooth with a dental crown, which will have been discussed prior to treatment.

Does it hurt?

A root canal procedure is generally no more painful than getting a regular filling. Through the treatment itself, you shouldn’t feel any pain because of the anaesthetic. There may be some discomfort if the treatment takes a bit longer – but your dentist will reapply anaesthetic in this case. For a few days after your root canal procedure there may be some pain in your mouth, but this can be maintained with over-the-counter medication.

Alternatives to a Root Canal Treatment

The best treatment when your teeth have died or are badly infected, is a root canal procedure. Another alternative treatment is tooth extraction, which is the process of completely removing the infected tooth and replacing it with a bridge or denture. However, we always recommend doing everything you can to save your teeth as removing it completely can lead to numerous other problems in your mouth.

Get your Root Canal done at White Dental Clinic in Sydney

If you are concerned that you may need a root canal treatment, or your dentist has informed you that you may need root canal therapy, we can also help find you an endodontist in Sydney if your case is complex. Our dentists have a lot of experience with root canals and can help ensure the procedure is as comfortable as possible. Plus with modern technologies there’s no reason to be concerned about receiving a root canal treatment.

Gordon Dental Clinic

White Dental Clinic in Gordon is our second branch that has been serving families from Sydney since 2018. Those who are from Upper North Shore in Sydney have considered our clinic as the place to go to for all their dental needs. If you’re curious about root canal therapy and you want to know more about it or the cost involved, feel free to contact or call us and make an appointment. You can also reach out to the team at Gordon dental clinic directly for more information.

Chatswood Dental Clinic

Since 2001, White Dental Clinic in Chatswood, Sydney has been helping families with all their dental problems – whether minor or major cases. That’s because we want to provide our clients in Chatswood with the most professional dental care. If you experience any symptoms of needing a root canal or have any cause for concern, book an appointment at our Chatswood clinic as soon as you can. If you have more questions or concerns about the root canal treatment or root canals cost, please reach out to the team at our Chatswood dental clinic.

Surrounding Suburbs

Our Gordon clinic is conveniently located in Gordon Centre and our Chatswood practice, located in Lemon Grove Shopping Centre. Surrounding suburbs like Killara and Lindfield can benefit from making White Dental Clinic their local go-to dentists for a root canal and have an ease of access to a local endodontist within our network if required.

Chatswood Clinic

Gordon Clinic

Hours

Mon - Fri : 9:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday : 9:30am - 4:00pm

Phone

Location

Lemon Grove Shopping Centre
Shop 43, Level 3
427-441 Victoria Avenue,
Chatswood NSW 2067

Hours

Monday : 10:00am - 3:00pm
Tue - Thu : 9:30am - 5:00pm
Friday : 10:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday : 9:30am - 3:00pm
Sunday : Closed

Phone

Location

Gordon Centre
Shop 9, Ground Floor
802 - 808 Pacific Hwy,
Gordon NSW 2072

Chatswood Clinic

Hours

Mon - Fri : 9:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday : 9:30am - 4:00pm

Phone

(02) 9411 6097

Location

Lemon Grove Shopping Centre
Shop 43, Level 3
427-441 Victoria Avenue,
Chatswood NSW 2067

Gordon Clinic

Hours

Mon - Sat : 10:00am - 3:00pm

Phone

(02) 9498 7406

Location

Gordon Centre
Shop 9, Ground Floor
802 - 808 Pacific Hwy,
Gordon NSW 2072

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