• Cosmetic Dentistry Eastern Suburbs Melbourne

    Precise and delicate treatment

    Using the latest technology, at Toothpals Dental Care we use the best equipment available to clean, shape and fill teeth requiring root canal treatment.

    Root canal treatment is a difficult and precise art. Our skilled dentists are well trained and our aim is to relieve your pain and maintain your tooth for many years to come.

  • Cosmetic Dentistry Eastern Suburbs Melbourne

    Why root canal?

    In most cases, a tooth will need root canal if a tooth has a cavity that remains untreated. If decay reaches the pulp (nerve space) with a tooth, this causes the nerve inside the tooth to die and an abscess to develop at the base of the tooth. Sometimes this happens without any symptoms, but mostly, extreme pain, tenderness to bite and sensitivity to heat and cold will occur.

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    Completion of treatment

    Once treatment has been completed, the tooth needs restoring to protect it from fracturing or developing further decay. This radiograph shows two teeth that have just had root canal treatment completed.

    The infection/abscess at the base of the teeth will resolve in the coming months and these teeth should be restored with crowns for strength, and particularly since they are missing a lot of natural tooth structure.

Relieve me from my pain!

Root canal treatment is an important process we preform to save teeth that are infected or inflamed. Commonly, a dental abscess will form as a result of an infected tooth.

Common cause of dental infection and inflammation include:

  • deep decay
  • tooth fracture
  • trauma
  • large restorations

A tooth that requires root canal often presents with the following symptoms:

  • sensitivity to hot and cold
  • pain on biting
  • throbbing pain
  • pain at night
  • swelling of the gums or face
  • discolouration of the tooth

What does the treatment involve?

Root canal treatment will usually take two to three appointments to complete, and in most cases, you will experience a significant, or full reduction in pain after your first visit.

The treatment involves:

  • Removal of necrotic or inflamed nerve tissue along with drainage of infection
  • Thorough and systematic cleaning of the root space to remove all affected tooth structure
  • Filling and sealing the root system to stop reinfection

shutterstock_93206026Following completion of root canal treatment, it is important to have the tooth restored properly to ensure an adequate seal and to strengthen the tooth. Your dentist will advise what is best for your tooth, but often a crown will be recommended due to its superior abilities to preserve the tooth long term.

Common concerns and misconceptions

“I have been told root canal treatment is very painful…”

In the majority of cases, root canal treatment is performed with no pain during treatment whatsoever. Sometimes with a severely inflamed tooth, there can be some tenderness when first treating the tooth but this is often rectified with further administration of anaesthetic. Our dentists will ensure that you experience as little discomfort as possible.

“Teeth often need extracting after root canal treatment…”

Most people that require the tooth to be extracted following treatment have not had the tooth suitably restored following the root canal and the tooth has fractured as a result. This usually occurs because the treating dentist has not advised on placing an appropriate restoration or because the patient has not gone ahead with the suggested restoration. Our dentists will advise how to best retain the tooth following treatment. A crown is the best restoration to strengthen a tooth and prevent subsequent tooth extraction.

“Root canal treatment is very expensive…”

Root canal treatment is a complex treatment and disposable material costs are very high. Treatment costs will vary depending on the complexity, but in general, teeth towards the back of the mouth are more complex and require longer treatment times leading to a greater cost. Nonetheless, root canal treatment is less costly than extracting the tooth and replacing it with an implant.