WHY DO I NEED ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?
Root Canal treatments eliminate pain caused by infection in the tooth, allowing the area to remain healthy and for the tooth to be retained for many years. Root Canal treatment may be necessary if the tissue that supplies blood and nerve endings to the tooth becomes infected, inflamed or has severe swelling.
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
The infected or inflamed pulp is removed from inside the tooth; your dentist will take an x-ray of the tooth and surrounding area. The area of the tooth is numbed with a local anaesthetic, all tooth decay is removed and the pulp chamber is cleaned and completely sealed to prevent further infection.
A Root Canal generally requires 1-3 appointments, including an initial consultation and then 1-2 appointments for the procedure. Following the Root Canal, a follow up appointment is required to place a permanent restoration and/or a crown.
Root Canal prices vary depending on the tooth.
Total average costs may vary between $1000 (front tooth) and $2500 (back tooth), not including the crown.
ASK YOUR INEEDA DENTIST
Is the Root Canal absolutely necessary? Are other options available? Is the tooth beyond saving?
Should I skip the Root Canal and go straight for an implant? Though Root Canal treatments are generally successful, some select to have an implant initially, rather than risk the failure of an expensive Root Canal.
How predictable is the treatment outcome? If it is an unpredictable and/or a complicated case, it may be worthwhile considering other options that may be more predictable.
RISKS OF LOCAL ANAESTHETIC
Damage to the lips and cheeks: due to biting or rubbing the numb area.
Failure of local anaesthetic: may require further injections of a different method of anaesthesia
Bruising: usually experienced in those who take blood-thinning drugs.
Nerve damage: usually temporary and rarely permanent, though may last from weeks to months.
Infection: uncommon but can be treated with antibiotics.
Allergy: rare and requires immediate medical attention.