21 SEP 2021
Sydney Root Canal: Cost, Procedure and Aftercare
Many people in Sydney choose advanced laser dentistry if they need a root canal to avoid extraction of a severely infected or decayed tooth.
Laser-assisted root canal treatment targets bacteria and infection in cavities with greater precision than a standard root canal, ensures a faster, more comfortable procedure, and preserves more healthy structure of the tooth.
Here’s what you need to know about laser root canal cost in Sydney, the procedure, and how to look after yourself during recovery.
Root Canal Costs
A root canal is typically less expensive than the alternative of tooth extraction and replacement with a dental implant.
Root canal cost depends on factors such as:
- Complexity of the procedure.
- Level of infection.
- Position of the tooth cavity.
- Number of tooth roots – some teeth have just one root while others have two or three.
- Whether you need more than one appointment.
Pricing at Laser Root Canal Treatment in Sydney starts from $950, and zero-interest payment plans are available to spread the cost over several months according to your budget.
The Laser Root Canal Procedure
Root canal treatment entails removal of diseased tissue and cleaning, filling and sealing the area.
Thanks to advances in technology, pain-free laser dentistry is now available for a root canal.
The procedure is basically the same as a standard root canal but uses a laser instead of a drill – and this makes a big difference. The laser vaporises damaged tissue fast with far greater accuracy and leaves the tooth considerably cleaner.
A laser root canal procedure usually takes just half an hour. Follow-up treatment may be needed in some cases.
The procedure entails:
- Creating an opening in the tooth with a laser.
- Removing diseased nerve tissue, dental pulp and blood vessels.
- Flushing and cleaning the area.
- Filling the root with sealing material.
- Sealing the opening with a crown.
Indications You May Need a Root Canal
Signs you might need a root canal procedure include:
- Moderate to severe pain.
- Swollen, sore gums.
- Gums going a darker colour.
- Tooth discoloration – a sign that the nerve is dying.
- Oversensitivity to hot or cold drinks and food.
Root Canal Aftercare
It’s important to follow aftercare advice and instructions from your dentist following a root canal.
Measures to encourage faster healing while minimising discomfort after root canal treatment include:
- Avoiding hard, crunchy and chewy foods for a while.
- Cutting out hot and very cold food and drinks, which can aggravate tooth sensitivity.
- Refraining from applying pressure on the tooth with your tongue.
- Easing any discomfort with over-the-counter pain relief medication.
- Brushing the treated tooth gently.
Bear in mind that if you had a local anaesthetic for your root canal procedure, you should avoid eating until the numbness wears off. Otherwise, you risk inadvertently biting your cheek or tongue.
Want to Know More?
If you think you may need a root canal, you can find out more about the costs, procedure and aftercare from Laser Root Canal Treatment. We specialise solely on advanced, pain-free laser dentistry to save teeth.