Root Canal Treatment Sydney
Signs you may need a root canal in Sydney
One of the first signs you may need a root canal is that you have a toothache. However, it’s important to note that not all toothaches result in root canals. Some signs include:
- You have a hole, crack, or chip in your tooth.
- Your toothache is significant.
- There’s a lot of pain when you use that tooth to chew.
- The area around the tooth becomes tender or swollen.
- You have an abscess.
- There is a pimple or lesion in the area, which may indicate an abscess is present.
- The tooth is extremely sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
- The tooth is dark or has become discoloured.
Our root canal specialists in Sydney can perform an assessment and tell you whether this type of treatment is necessary. Root canals can occur at any age, and we always adjust our approach so that the treatment is age-appropriate.
Making root canal treatments comfortable
One of the biggest concerns patients have about root canals is that they may hurt. When it comes to root canal treatment in Sydney, the team at About Smiles knows how to make patients comfortable. As we use a local anaesthetic, your treatment should feel no different from having a filling performed. However, if you do feel uncomfortable at any stage, please let your dentist know.
Preparing for root canal therapy in Sydney
Ahead of the procedure, your dentist will perform a final assessment of your mouth. They may also ask you some questions about your medical history so that they can prescribe appropriate medications. You may also need an X-ray ahead of your root canal therapy. Getting an X-ray image allows your dentist to see exactly where the dying tooth is and helps them refine their approach. It’s worth knowing that sometimes X-rays reveal that your tooth has encountered too much damage for the root canal to take place. In such cases, you may need a complete extraction. Fortunately, our dentistry services include options that can replace the tooth following your extraction. We’ll always recommend the most suitable solution for your current oral health state.
Paying for your procedure
Root canal prices in Sydney can vary depending on various factors. Such factors include:
- Whether you need more than one visit
- The type of filling you choose to have afterwards
- Whether you require specialist sedation or sleep therapies due to feeling anxious
After performing your initial assessment, your dentist can provide a breakdown of the costs involved. In addition to the root canal, you’re likely to require inlays and potentially a crown so that we can restructure the tooth. To help you manage the cost of your treatment, we offer payment plans. You may want to look at government schemes if you’re bringing your child in for a root canal or if you’re a veteran.
Reasons to choose us for your root canal in Sydney
At About Smiles, we have a dedicated team of dentists, hygienists, and specialists who can meet your dental needs. Those specialists include paediatric practitioners and maxillofacial surgeons, so we can care for children’s needs and accommodate those with advanced problems. We always put our patients’ comfort and safety at the forefront of everything we do. Thanks to our high-end technologies, you can look forward to painless injections. Also, you have the option of twilight sedation if you’re an anxious patient. Whether you’re coming to our Chatswood, Zetland, or East Gardens practices, you’ll benefit from the same commitment to excellent care and a safe environment. To discuss your root canal treatment with us, please get in touch.
What is root canal treatment?
The tooth’s pulp keeps it alive, and when this area becomes diseased or damaged, the only option is to perform a root canal treatment. This process, also known as endodontic therapy, begins with your dentist drilling a hole in your tooth to replace the infected interior with a filling made from inert materials.
The filling will help prevent future problems like tooth decay. It is an excellent alternative to tooth extraction, with 90 to 95% of patients saying the infected tooth functioned normally right after the procedure.
What are the three stages of root canal therapy?
All root canal treatments in Sydney begin with an initial evaluation where your dentist will determine its necessity.
If your dentist deems it necessary and you consent to the procedure, it’s time to move on to the first stage.
1.Initial clean and drilling
Your dentist will clean around the infected tooth to rinse and remove any bacteria. Once that’s completed, they will place a numbing agent on the tooth and drill a hole.They’ll thoroughly clean the root canal with antibacterial solutions and apply medication to resolve the issue. They will then add a temporary filling to close up the hole before moving on to the second stage.
2.Second cleaning and medication
Most patients are able to do the second stage on the same day. However, some need a bit more time to heal, so this next step can wait a week or two after the initial drilling.
During this stage, your dentist will clean the root canal more thoroughly. They might also order X-rays to confirm the length and extent of the root canal. This way, they can also ensure that the entire canal is clean. Then, they will apply more antibacterial medication to avoid complications post-treatment.
3.Filling in the canal
After you’ve been free of any symptoms for four to six weeks, it’s time to fill in the root canal. The dentist will use specialised rubber points to fill your root canal before it’s sealed. Depending on the damage you’ve sustained and how things look for the tooth, you can insert a temporary or permanent filling.
How much is a root canal treatment in Sydney?
The cost of a root canal treatment in Sydney will depend on several factors, such as the severity of the damage, your dentist’s expertise and whether you’d need a crown.
However, on average, you can expect to pay somewhere between $900 to $3,000 for a root canal treatment.
At About Smiles, our root canal specialists are experts in their field, with extensive knowledge pertaining to this highly effective treatment. We know what it takes to make your visit as efficient and comfortable as possible, so there’s no need to fear you’ll be anxious throughout the process.
Feel free to get in touch with us to learn more about our root canal therapy services.