Endodontic Treatment (Root Canal) Sydney CBD
If your tooth feels painful or sensitive when you eat, you could have a pulp infection. Talk to our dentists in Sydney CBD about endodontic treatment (root canal therapy).
A tooth infection can be extremely painful. If it's not treated in time, the infection could destroy the nerves of the tooth and you might need an extraction.
At Sydney CBD Dental, we will always try to save a tooth with a root canal whenever possible. After removing the infection, we'll place a custom crown over the treated tooth to restore its original appearance and strength.
Are you worried you might have a tooth infection? Call our team today on (02) 9232 3900 or make an appointment online.
What is a root canal?
The root canal is the space in the centre of the tooth that contains the dental pulp, a soft tissue that contains nerve endings. It extends from the crown of the tooth down to the roots. The front teeth have a single root canal, but the chewing teeth may have 2 or 3.
A root canal may require treatment if the hard outer layer of the teeth (the enamel) has been damaged by tooth decay or an injury. This allows bacteria to enter the pulp, which can cause severe pain and discomfort.
During root canal treatment, a dentist opens the tooth to access the root canal and remove the infected tissue. It can then be replaced with a synthetic material to help maintain the tooth's strength.
After the infection has been removed, the tooth will be covered by a dental crown to restore its original look and function. This crown will be custom made by your dentist and may be matched to your natural tooth shade if preferred.
Do I need endodontic treatment and a root canal?
Endodontic treatment is one of the most common dental procedures for adults and children. Our dentists might spot signs of a tooth infection during your regular check-up, but you should also talk to a dentist if you have any of these common symptoms:
- persistent toothache or pain when eating
- sensitivity to hot and cold food or drink
- swelling in your gums or cheeks
- your tooth feels loose
- your tooth looks cracked or has darkened
- pus is coming out of the tooth
If you think your tooth might be infected and you want to talk to a dentist, contact our Sydney CBD dentists today.
Is a root canal painful?
For many people, the words 'root canal' are linked with pain and fear. In fact, a root canal treatment is usually a painless procedure that helps to take away the pain of a pulp infection.
In the past, endodontic treatment may have been painful, as dental equipment was more basic. In today's dental clinics with modern equipment and sedation, root canal surgery is carried out using local anaesthetic to numb pain during the procedure. It should feel similar to having a filling.
If you feel nervous about dental treatments, you can also talk to our dentists about the sedation options we offer at our clinic to help anxious patients feel calm and relaxed.
What happens during root canal surgery?
We'll make sure you have a full understanding of the steps involved in the root canal procedure so you know what to expect. This treatment will usually require several visits to our dental clinic.
There are typically 6 stages involved in root canal treatment, although this can vary. They are:
- Assessment – Your dentist will examine the infected or damaged tooth, using dental x-rays to see the inside of the tooth and plan the most efficient treatment.
- Anaesthesia – Endodontic treatment is carried out using local anaesthetic to numb the area of the mouth being treated. We can also discuss other types of dental sedation.
- Removing the pulp – Using a dental drill, we will open the tooth to access the root canal and remove the infected pulp.
- Sealing the tooth – After cleaning the root canal to make sure all bacteria and debris has been removed, we will insert a synthetic filling material to seal the tooth. This will also prevent further infections of the tooth.
- Preparing the crown – Once the tooth has been filled, we will reduce its size slightly and take an impression (mould) of the tooth. This will be used to make a custom crown. We'll place a temporary crown to protect the tooth until your next appointment.
- Fitting the custom crown – When your crown has been manufactured by a dental laboratory, we will arrange an appointment to bond it into place. Porcelain crowns can be colour-matched to your tooth colour for a natural-looking finish.
Root canal risks and recovery
Root canals have a high success rate, with 90% of treated tooth surviving for 8 to 10 years or more. However, if a tooth is more severely damaged, it may not be possible to save it with a root canal and it may need to be extracted.
You can improve the chance of your teeth surviving by following good oral hygiene to take care of your teeth and gums. You should avoid eating hard or sticky foods while the treatment is in progress, as this could damage or dislodge a temporary crown.
After having a root canal treatment, it's normal to feel some pain, swelling and sensitivity for a few days. This can usually be managed using over-the-counter medication. If you have other symptoms or you still feel pain after a few days, contact our dentists.
Root canal cost at Sydney CBD Dental
At Sydney CBD Dental, we believe health care should be affordable. That's why we accept all health funds and have HICAPS facilities available at our dental clinic to help you process electronic claims on the spot.
We can also arrange flexible payment plans suited to your circumstances, to help divide your root canal cost into more manageable monthly instalments.
For more information about endodontic treatment, or to book an appointment for a root canal in Sydney, get in touch with our team today. Call (02) 9232 3900 or book online.
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