Root canal treatment also known as RCT or ENDO (endodontic treatment) involves the disinfection of the nerve canal, or pulp, inside your tooth. An infection of the nerve canal often results in an incredibly painful toothache. Root canal infections can be caused by a number of things such as decay and cracks or chips in the teeth. Most patients respond well to root canal treatment and can expect a healthy, functional tooth after their appointment at dHealth Dentistry.
How much a root canal will cost depends on a number of factors including severity and location:
- Price: $1,500 to $2,500 (incisors, pre-molars and molars are uniquely priced depending on the number of canals in your tooth)
- Health Fund Item No*: 415, 416, 572, 455, 417, 418, 627, 022
Symptoms of Root Canal Infection
- Intense, sudden pain
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
- Difficulty biting and chewing
- Loose teeth in the affected area
- Swollen gums and even facial swelling in severe cases
In some cases, an infected root canal can be symptomless. That’s why it is important you have regular check-ups so that we can pick up any underlying problems before they worsen.
Our Root Canal Treatment Procedure
- Your first appointment will consist of an x-ray. This will confirm which tooth is infected, and determine whether there is an infection forming at the tip of your tooth’s root. If you require a root canal treatment, then you will most likely two to three 1.5-hour appointments.
- During your root canal treatment, we will use fine files to shape and clean the canals of your tooth. This removes any of the remaining infected pulp. Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial medicines are then put inside the canal to stop the infection and inflammation. This process may need to be repeated over two to three visits. X-rays throughout your treatment plan will confirm the length of your canals and that all of the infection has reduced and begun to heal.
- On your final visit, to protect the inside of your tooth and prevent any further infection, we’ll pack your canal with gutta-percha (a natural product made from sterilised tree sap). Your tooth will then have a temporary filling placed on top and left for a few weeks to completely settle and heal.
- Once we confirm that you have no further problems with your tooth we will either suggest a basic filling, a crown, or an inlay to complete your treatment.
Contact dhealth Dentistry Melbourne
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- Call us on 03 9882 6938
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- Pop in and see us at 257 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, Melbourne