A Root Canal Treatment is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This well proven treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
At the centre of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling around the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anaesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment.
We use local anaesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide IV sedation, if indicated, or requested.
The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth, the degree of difficulty involved and which tooth. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their practice for a follow up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our clinic. Your restorative dentist will decide on whether a filling or crown is necessary to protect your tooth. If you do not have a dentist of you own, we are happy to provide this restoration service for you.
It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.