What is Root Canal Treatment?
Root Canal Treatment is a treatment that is completed to help save a tooth that is severely infected. During the root canal treatment, the infected tissue which includes the pulp, nerves and infected bacteria are removed. The pulp area of the tooth is the living tissue within the tooth that has become infected.
In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Root Canal Treatment Risks
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Has My Tooth Become Infected? Signs of Infection:
A few signs of infection in a tooth area include:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Swollen cheek
- Throbbing pain in a tooth area. This throbbing pain may appear in the jaw or ear area also
- Lymph nodes beneath the jaw area becoming swollen and sore to touch
- Experiencing pain when chewing or biting food
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
- Severe toothache pain.
- Sometimes no symptoms are present.
- Swelling and/or tenderness of the gums around the tooth
How has my tooth become infected?
The infected tooth occurs when bacteria become trapped inside the nerve of the tooth. If this infection is left untreated, it can lead to serious health issues. The cheek may become swollen which can then lead to sinus infections if left untreated. Some causes of infection may include:
- Untreated decay of a tooth
- Poor dental hygiene
What does a root canal treatment in Perth involve?
To have this treatment completed, it involves a number of appointments. During the time in between these appointments, we will do our best to help with the pain you are experiencing such as prescribing you pain relief medication.
Firstly, the dentist will take an x-ray of your tooth to see how infected the area is. A local anesthesia will be used to numb the area so you do not experience any pain throughout the procedure.
The next step includes the infected tissue being removed. The inside and remainder tissue will be cleaned out and disinfected. The dentist will ensure all infected bacteria has been removed. We will then make another appointment for you so that the tooth can be sealed.
Once the tooth area has been cleaned, it will then be sealed to prevent any further infection returning. The material the dentist will use to seal the tooth is called gutta-percha, it is a rubber-like material.
The final stage of root canal treatment is the placement of a crown or a filling. This will help restore the tooth. When the crown or filling has healed correctly the tooth will function like any other regular tooth you have.
Cost of Root Canal Treatment in Perth, Western Australia:
We cannot provide a fixed price for the root canal treatment as there are several factors involved.
The cost of root canal treatment depends you each individual patient. However, during your consultation our dentist is happy to complete a treatment plan for you. This treatment plan will include each step and their estimated cost. We will be happy to give you a quote on how much your private health insurance will cover so make sure to bring along your private health insurance card. We offer payment plans which we can discuss in further detail at our consultation.
After your treatment, our dentist will give you instructions on how to care for you’re the affected area. These are very important to follow. Regular check ups and good oral hygiene are extremely important for your oral teeth.
If you have any questions feel free to call us on 9386 5616 or pop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, we will be happy to book you in for a consultation with one of our dentists.
To book an appointment, contact Radiant Smiles Dental Care on 9386 5616.