22 JULY 2021
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure that treats severe infection of tooth pulp.
Dental pulp is the soft tissue in the pulp chamber and root canals in the centre of a tooth. It consists of connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels.
In the past, extraction was the only remedy for a badly infected tooth. Now, root canal treatment to remove the diseased pulp can save the tooth by preserving its remaining structure.
Even better, advances in technology have seen the development of painless laser dentistry for root canal procedures.
So, if you have a problem with one of your teeth and are worried you might lose it, a root canal may be the ideal solution.
Why and When You Need a Root Canal
A root canal may be necessary for a number of reasons, including:
- Repeated dental work on the same tooth.
- Decay that’s penetrated deep into the tooth.
- A chip or crack in the tooth.
- Oral injury.
Symptoms you might need root canal treatment include:
- Pain spreading to the jaw, neck or ear.
- Pain when eating.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold food or drinks.
- High temperature.
- Facial swelling.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Bad taste in your mouth.
- Tooth abscess.
Why Treatment is Crucial?
Without treatment, pulp infection can have dire consequences because your oral health impacts on your overall wellbeing.
For instance, if an infected tooth causes a dental abscess, the infection can become life threatening if sepsis develops and spreads throughout your body, including vital organs.
Benefits of a Root Canal
A root canal can save a tooth that would otherwise be beyond repair due to serious infection. Treatment will:
- End the misery of toothache.
- Prevent spread of infection.
- Restore your tooth to full function.
Root canal treatment also helps to preserve your jaw bone and maintain facial structure and your smile. Losing a tooth can result in loss of jaw bone. Without the stimulus of a tooth root, the bone will begin to deteriorate – like muscle atrophies without regular use.
Laser Root Canal Treatment
A root canal with pain-free laser dentistry can save your tooth with a straightforward procedure and fast recovery.
This minimally invasive treatment targets the infection with pinpoint precision and avoids use of a dental drill.
Laser root canal treatment can be performed in just 30 minutes in a single appointment and it preserves more healthy structure of your tooth. It also limits the need for anaesthesia.
Laser Root Canal Cost
Laser root canal treatment provides a less costly alternative to having your tooth extracted and replaced with a dental implant.
The cost of a laser root canal is determined largely by the level of infection and complexity of the problem.
Pricing at Laser Root Canal Treatment in Sydney starts from $950, with interest-free payment plans to spread the cost over several months from $35 a week.
Is a Root Canal Your Best Option?
Root canal treatment often saves badly decayed teeth that can’t be fixed with a filling.
It’s not always the best option, though. In some cases, replacing the tooth with a dental implant may be necessary.
Contact us now to find out which is the better option for you.