25 May 2022
Root Canal Guide: Costs, Process, Risks, and More
If you suspect you need root canal therapy to save an infected tooth, you probably have several questions about the treatment, such as:
- How much does a root canal cost?
- What does the procedure involve?
- Are there any risks?
Here, you’ll get the answers to these questions. You’ll also find out what the symptoms of an infected tooth are, and about pain-free laser dentistry for root canal treatment.
First thing first, Root Canal Costs
Root canal treatment costs more than a filling, varying from around $1,000 to $2,500, depending on factors such as:
- Degree of infection.
- Difficulty of the procedure.
- Which tooth is being treated.
- The number of roots the tooth has.
- Whether you need more than one appointment.
- Expertise and experience of the dentist.
Root canal treatment is generally hundreds of dollars less costly than the alternative of tooth removal and replacement with a dental implant.
Most root canals are covered by dental insurance, but not by Medicare.
Laser root canal cost is usually about the same or slightly more than traditional root canal treatment.
The Root Canal Procedure
Root canal therapy removes diseased tissue from the pulp chamber – the soft, central part of the tooth.
The process has a 95 percent success rate and entails:
- X-rays or scans to identify the level of infection.
- Local anaesthetic to minimise discomfort.
- Creating an opening in the tooth – using a dental drill in conventional root canal treatment.
- Removing infected tooth pulp.
- Cleaning, disinfecting and re-shaping the root canal.
- Filling and sealing the area.
With proper care, a tooth that’s had root canal treatment can last as long as other teeth.
Laser dentistry for root canal therapy avoids use of a drill.
Root Canal Risks
As with any medical procedure, there may be potential risks in root canal treatment, including:
1. Tooth Cracking
A tooth loses some of its strength after root canal treatment and can become fragile. This makes it more vulnerable to cracking or chipping. A dental crown is typically recommended to strengthen outer tooth structure after a root canal.
2. Sinus Problems
Root canal treatment on an upper tooth can affect adjacent sinus cavities, causing inflammation and congestion. In most cases, the problem goes away after a few weeks.
3. Tooth Discoloration
Removal of tooth pulp can lead to a tooth becoming tarnished. It happens rarely, and a dental crown or veneer can improve appearance of the tooth.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
Symptoms that a tooth may require root canal treatment to remove infected dental pulp include:
- Loose tooth.
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks.
- Pus seeping from the infected tooth.
- Tooth becoming darker in colour.
- Dental abscess.
- Painful swelling in gums, face or jaw.
- Discomfort when eating.
Laser Root Canal Treatment
Laser dentistry for a root canal provides a comfortable treatment experience and faster healing and recovery.
It not only avoids use of a drill but also enables greater precision and control, which preserves more of the healthy structure of an infected tooth
Contact Laser Root Canal Treatment in Sydney – (02) 8331 6677 – to find out more about the benefits of advanced root canal laser dentistry.