Root Canal Sydney
Once infection is within a tooth, the only cure is to remove the nerve. Clinically known as endodontics, root canal therapy is performed under local anaesthesia and usually takes several visits.
What Causes Root Canal Problems?
Inside each tooth lie nerve and blood vessels called the ‘pulp.’ If a tooth is decayed or damaged, bacteria can enter the tooth and cause infection in the pulp, killing nerves and causing intense pain. Bacteria can also spread into surrounding tissues, causing painful abscesses on your gums. Antibiotics can relieve pain but they do not remove the source of the infection.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Once infection is within a tooth, the only cure is to remove the nerve. Clinically known as endodontics, root canal therapy is performed under local anaesthetic and usually takes several visits.
A root canal treatment involves drilling a hole into the tooth and removing its soft centre (the dental pulp). The dental pulp is made up of connective tissue, nerves, and blood supply, which extends into the root of your tooth. After the pulp is extracted and the bacteria is cleaned, the space is filled and sealed. At Macquarie Dental, our professional Sydney dentists perform root canal treatments and help restore the functionality of your teeth. In addition, a root canal treatment can save a badly infected or damaged tooth and restore its function.
Root Canal Treatment Procedure
Firstly, the tooth is isolated from the rest of the mouth with a rubber sheet, to prevent bacteria in saliva re-infecting the tooth during treatment. Then a small hole is made in the tooth, leading to the root canal. The infection and decay are gently removed using a succession of very small files, increasing in diameter until the tooth is clean.
Once all infected material is removed, the root canal is filed into a tapered shape and filled with Gutta Percha – a latex derivative. Even though the dead tooth remains in place, it is no longer connected to the body’s blood supply, and in the future will become dry and brittle. Therefore the final stage of root canal treatment is to fit the tooth with a dental crown, helping to seal the whole of the tooth and protect it against future decay and damage.
Why not remove the whole tooth?
We always aim to save your natural teeth and avoid extractions. This is because the gaps left by missing teeth can cause other teeth to tilt and over-erupt, affecting your bite and causing other problems.
What are the risks?
As with all dental procedures, there are some risks and side effects associated with root canal treatment such as tenderness in the tooth and in the area of the infection. This is due to post-operative swelling or inflammation and should eventually subside. If not, the tooth may have become re-infected. If this is the case we may refer you to a specialist for re-treatment of the tooth.
Root Canal Cost in Sydney, CBD
At Macquarie Dental, we aim to keep our prices as low as possible to ensure all patients access high-quality dental care. Therefore, the cost of root canal treatments start at around $1,200. This is a significant difference from other Sydney dental clinics that may make you pay much higher rates. In addition, we offer our patients a series of comprehensive payment plans that will help manage finances and make it easier to pay off your dental treatment. Talk to us today for more information about our flexible payment plans and special offers.
Root Canal Therapy Benefits
There are many benefits associated with a root canal treatment. If you’re struggling with decaying teeth that are full of bacteria, then opt for professional help from Macquarie Dental today.
Some of the many benefits include:
- Prevents tooth loss
- Restores the function of the tooth requiring treatment
- Prevents the possibility of infection spreading to neighbouring teeth
- Prevents jawbone degeneration caused by tooth loss or infection
- Helps overall health by removing the bacterial infection in the tooth
- With modern local anaesthetics it is a virtually painless process.
Contact our team of experts today for more information on the many advantages of choosing a root canal treatment.
After Procedure Care
A root canal is considered a major procedure, which means feeling pain or discomfort after the surgery is normal. The root canal treatment will include deep cleaning the inside of the tooth’s canals, which can irritate your surrounding nerves and gums. While this is normal, you can take action throughout the recovery period to make the process easier.
The pain experienced after a root canal is usually mild. This means you won’t need any heavy medication and can instead take over-the-counter pain relief, including Ibuprofen or Paracetamol. Check with your dentist before taking these medications to ensure they are suitable for your case. Similarly, you should be watching what you eat.
Avoid chewing on hard foods immediately after the root canal treatment and stick to including soft, easy to digest meals. The pain associated with your root canal treatment should decrease over time. However, if you experience pain or swelling well after your procedure, then see one of our dentists right away for professional care.
There are various actions you can take to prevent a root canal, including:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day
- Flossing between your teeth
- Using a high-quality toothpaste
- Visiting your dentist for regular check-ups (every six months)
- Having your teeth professionally cleaned at least once a year
Nothing to be afraid of!
Hopefully, you now have a more reassuring overview of root canal treatment. In modern dentistry, root canal treatment is a routine procedure performed by most dental practitioners. What’s more, the myth about root canal treatment being painful is not true. As it is performed under local anaesthesia, you should feel no more discomfort than when you have a standard filling.
How much does a root canal cost in Sydney dental clinic?
At Macquarie Dental, we constantly update our prices and special offers to ensure our patients are receiving affordable dental care. Therefore, our root canal treatments cost around $1,200. However, there is no fixed price, and each treatment will be dependent on various unique factors. Contact us today for more about pricing.
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Benefits of root canal therapy versus extraction?
It is always better to try and save an original tooth as your natural teeth are better to function with than other prosthetic options. Therefore, our dentists will utilise root canal treatments wherever possible. For more information on the benefits, contact us today.