Root Canal Treatment in Adelaide

What is involved in a root canal treatment

The internal part of a tooth contains soft tissue known as the “pulp”. The pulp is found in canals inside the roots (root canals) & is made up of small nerves & blood vessels. The pulp tissue originates from small branches from the bone around the tooth roots. The pulp is what helps keeps the tooth vital & fluid.   

The pulp inside the root canals can become infected if a tooth is badly decayed, extensively broken down or has an existing large restoration. Root canal treatment is necessary to save a tooth with infected pulp.

Root canal treatment involves removing the infected pulp from the root canals & then sealing this area to help avoid future infection. Without such treatment, the bone surrounding the tooth may become infected and a painful abscess may form.

Symptoms associated with an infected pulp (root canal)

  • sensitivity to cold & hot fluids or foods
  • pain when chewing
  • spontaneous throbbing pain
  • persistent dull toothache
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Root Canal Treatment Procedure

  1. The tooth is anaesthetized to ensure the root treatment will be comfortable for you.
  2. An opening is made into the pulp of the tooth in order to access the infected root canals.  
  3. Tiny precision instruments & antibacterial solutions are then used thoroughly disinfect the root canals.
  4. The root canals are then filled with an inert material & a restoration is placed on the top part of the tooth to help prevent further infection.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Today, getting root canal treatment is often no more uncomfortable than having a filling. In fact, root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain but actually relieves it. Advances have made the treatment a virtually pain-free experience, many times accomplished in a single visit. Endodontists understand a great deal about pain management. With modern techniques and anesthetics, the vast majority of patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure.

Some patients may experience tooth pain initially and then it goes away on its own or with the help of antibiotics. Just because it has stopped hurting doesn’t mean it is no longer infected. Root canal treatment is designed to disinfect the inside of the tooth (the source of infection) and stop the spread of infection.

Some patients may never experience pain with an infected tooth. In fact, root canal infection is often discovered through routine radiographs and/or clinical examination. The tooth may have a chronic infection that the body has accommodated enough to not have gone beyond the patient’s pain threshold.

Prior to performing any root canal, the endodontist will thoroughly examine all radiographic and clinical findings to determine if a root canal is indicated.

Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option. Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. An artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain the proper nutrient balance in your diet. If your dentist recommends extraction, ask whether root canal treatment is an option.

Endodontic treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with a damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant. Endodontic treatment also has a very high success rate. Many root canal treated teeth last a lifetime. Placement of a bridge or an implant will require significantly more time in treatment and may result in further procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues.

The amount of time a procedure takes depends on the details of the procedure you’re having and the type of tooth involved. We estimate your time in the office to last approximately 1-2 hours. The treatment itself can often be completed in one visit. At times, a second appointment may be needed.

When your root canal treatment has been completed, a report of your treatment will be sent to your dentist. You will need to contact their office for a follow-up restoration within 30 days of completion at our office. Your dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth.

 

Saving your tooth through endodontic treatment is less expensive and less invasive than an extraction and replacement with a bridge or implant. Cost will depend on your dental insurance coverage. Our staff will help with getting your insurance information and let you know the cost of your root canal. If you do not have any dental insurance, we offer discount options or a payment plan with Care Credit.