Root Canal Treatments save teeth
If your tooth nerve or pulp is irreversibly infected then we recommend a Root Canal Treatment (also called “endodontic” treatment) in order to save your natural tooth.
Using the latest technology we can now complete your root canal treatment comfortably and in much less time (sometimes just one visit) than was previously possible.
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Why is a root canal treatment necessary?
An infected tooth pulp means your tooth is dying. Root canal treatment is necessary to save your tooth so that you can continue to use it in the future. Saving your tooth for future use is better and less costly than losing the tooth and having to use dentures, bridges or implants.
Some causes of tooth nerve infection include:
- A deep cavity
- A dental trauma such as a knock or fall
- The breakdown of an old filling or crown
- A crack or chip in the tooth
- Extreme wear
- Extensive dental work in the past
How do I know if I need to have root canal treatment?
We will be able to confirm at an appointment whether your situation requires a root canal, but our patients usually experience some of the following symptoms:
- Pain: this can range from a dull ache all the way to severe and agonizing dental pain. Some peoples infection will become very painful in a short period of time. Tooth pain, whether small or large, is an indication you need to visit the dentist as soon as you possibly can.
- Tooth sensitivity: to hot or cold temperatures or food and drink.
- Gum swelling or soreness.
If your tooth pulp cannot repair itself, it will initially become inflamed. If not treated, it will die and then become infected. Early treatment can make a big difference to the outcome, what we are able to save, reducing the risk of abscess and also to how much pain you have to endure.
Getting rid of dental pain with root canal treatment
Many people associate root canal treatment with pain but it is actually the best way to get rid of tooth pain. After we diagnose the problem we will immediately clean out the infected pulp and treat with antibiotics. This step alone can relieve most patients of a great deal of pain.
How much is all this going to cost me?
Root Canal Treatment is a complex procedure and cost will vary depending on the type of tooth and difficulty of the treatment. In general the back teeth (molars) are more difficult to treat than front teeth.
Although the tooth extraction procedure is less expensive than a root canal, the gap left from removal of the infected tooth will need to be filled by a dental implant or a dental bridge and these are more expensive than saving a tooth in the long term. If a gap is left unattended, this can lead to shifting of the surrounding teeth, poor bite and decreased chewing efficiency.
Root Canal Treatment is usually less costly than extracting a tooth and replacing it with an artificial one.
No matter how good an artificial tooth can be, it will never be more than just a substitute for a real tooth. Preservation of your original teeth is always the best option.
The success of root canal treatment
Root Canal Treatment is a very effective treatment and has had a very high success rate for many years.
We can usually fit you in on short notice to help alleviate your pain and treat the problem.