Understanding Root Canal Treatment Melbourne
Our Root Canal Treatment in Melbourne, also known as endodontics, is a comfortable procedure that aims to save a tooth from extraction by addressing an infection within the tooth. This common dental procedure is performed to avoid the need for dental implants or bridges. The pulp is at the core of a tooth, which houses blood vessels and nerves. Infections in the pulp can result from various factors, such as deep decay, tooth trauma, cracks, chips, repeated dental procedures, or grinding and clenching of teeth.
Signs of infected pulp may include facial swelling, night-time pain, temperature sensitivity, and pain in the tooth and gum. If you exhibit these symptoms, your dentist may recommend a root canal procedure to remove the diseased pulp and save your natural tooth.
During the root canal process, the affected pulp is removed, the tooth’s root canal system is cleaned using specialized instruments and antibacterial medications, and the root canals are sealed. Typically performed under local anaesthesia, root canal treatments may be completed in one or multiple visits, depending on the extent of treatment needed. With success rates between 90% and 95%, treated teeth can last long if you maintain proper oral hygiene and dental care.
If your tooth is unsuitable for endodontic treatment or the chances of success are unfavourable to other teeth, you will be informed during your consultation.
What happens after the root canal procedure?
After completing our root canal treatment in Melbourne, an access cavity that was created in the centre of the affected tooth is sealed using a permanent filling material. Post-treatment, the tooth might become more fragile and prone to fractures due to the removal of its pulp and internal structure. To address this weakness, a dental crown should often be placed over the treated tooth. A crown not only protects the tooth but also helps to prolong its longevity.
In some cases, a dental professional might recommend placing the crown immediately following the root canal procedure. In other instances, the placement of the crown can be postponed for a certain period. The appropriate course of action will depend on each patient’s unique situation and the dentist’s assessment.
What is the price for a root canal treatment?
The cost of a root canal treatment can vary depending on several factors, such as the extent of tooth decay or infection, the location of the affected tooth in the mouth, and the degree of damage to the tooth. In general, root canal therapy is a more cost-effective and less invasive option compared to extracting the tooth and replacing it with an artificial one, such as a dental implant, bridge, or denture.
Please note that the prices for root canal treatment can range widely, with costs typically starting around AUD 1,000 for routine filling of a front tooth and going up to AUD 2,000 or more for a molar, which may require more complex treatment. These prices can also vary depending on whether a general dentist or a specialist endodontist performs the procedure. Keep in mind that additional costs may be incurred for related treatments such as dental crowns or follow-up appointments.
It is important to consult with your dental provider to receive a personalized quote for your specific situation. For more information on the cost of root canal treatment or to schedule a consultation, please contact our dental practice at 03 9670 9020. Our team will happily assist you and provide an estimate based on your needs.
IF YOU NEED A DENTIST
Don’t let tooth decay, infection, or severe pain wreak havoc on your dental health. Root canal treatment is an extremely effective procedure that addresses issues like cracked teeth, swollen gums, and dental decay. Our specialist endodontists will ensure a comfortable experience, utilizing local anaesthetic and sleep dentistry if needed. Don’t wait for further damage, tooth extraction, or compromised surrounding tissues. Make an appointment for a thorough initial consultation, including X-rays, to assess your circumstances and determine the best course of action. Trust our experienced dentists to provide top-notch root canal therapy and help you maintain a healthy, pain-free smile.