Root Canal Treatment (RCT) is alternative treatment option when the nerve or pulp of the tooth is compromised either by infection, trauma or decay.
Root canal is a type of endodontic therapy that is often recommended if the tooth pulp and nerves are compromised by infection, trauma, or decay.
This treatment is done by removing the infected tissue from the tooth and placing a special material inside the tooth to seal the canals. This can be performed by a regular dentist or a specialist endodontist. Root canal therapy has a reputation for being a painful procedure. However, the treatment can often be completed with minimal discomfort thanks to advanced techniques, tools, and anaesthesia here at GC Dental Solutions.
When is a root canal needed?
Root canal is needed if your tooth has become infected or damaged by decay, gum disease, repeated dental work, wear and tear, cracked fillings, or an injury to the tooth. If left untreated, the damaged tooth may cause severe pain and discomfort to the person. Without treatment, the blood vessels and nerves inside the tooth become severely infected, and that's when pus and abscesses from.
There can be numerous symptoms that a tooth requires a root canal treatment, including:
- Severe sensitivity
- Soreness and pain
- Swollen and tender gums
- Severe toothache
- Darkening of the tooth
What is the root canal process?
Your dentist will do an x-ray to see the root canals' shape and determine whether there is an infection in the bone around your tooth. A local anaesthetic will be used to numb the tooth area before the dentist will drill a hole and remove the tooth's pulp.
The treatment can take a few appointments to clean and shape the hole inside the tooth before placing a sterile filling inside. Your dentist may also insert small support into the root canals to strengthen the tooth.
What is the alternative to a root canal?
Having your tooth extracted is the only alternative to a root canal. However, this can affect the surrounding teeth. It will cause them to move, leaving you with a bad bite. Although this option may cost less initially, you will likely need a single tooth implant or bridge, which can cost you more than root canal treatment.
How much does a root canal cost?
The cost of root canal therapy will depend on a few factors, including how many canals are needed to be filled and if you will need a crown. In Australia, the average cost of a root canal without a crown ranges between $2,000 and $3,400, according to the 2017 national dental fee survey.
Can I prevent a root canal treatment?
You can prevent a root canal treatment through proper gum and teeth care. It's essential to visit your dentist every six months for a regular check-up and cleans. If your dentist tells you there's tooth decay on a tooth that needs a filling, please book yourself in to get the filling done. The longer you leave the tooth decay, the higher the likelihood of the bacteria spreading and infecting the nerve, which leads to a root canal treatment.
Our dentists at GC Dental Solution work hard to provide you with a pleasant, comfortable experience each time you visit our office. We are located in Helensvale, and we offer a range of general dental treatments to suit your needs. For more information, please contact us at our Helensvale dental surgery on 07 5573 1368 or request a consultation below.