About Root Canal Therapy
Preserving Your Smile: How Root Canal Therapy Can Help
A tooth infection may have started with a cavity or a crack in the tooth. Without treatment, the infection can spread from the tooth pulp to the surrounding area, damage the neighbouring teeth, bones, and gums, and may later require surgery. Also, this can cause pain, swelling, or sensitivity in your teeth, making you uncomfortable.
If not addressed, the infection can lead to inflammation, difficulty chewing, and bad breath. It can also cause other symptoms, like fever or a bad taste in the mouth. The infection can sometimes spread to other body parts, such as the face, neck, head, or heart.
Karrinyup Dental Centre offers root canal treatment in Karrinyup to address infection or inflammation of the dental pulp. Our experienced team of dentists will work with you to determine if root canal treatment is right for your needs and condition. Our professional dental team will work quickly to eliminate the infection and restore your healthy smile using the latest technology in a comfortable setting to make the process as stress-free as possible.
The Importance of Early Intervention: Dental Issues Addressed with Root Canal Therapy
Restoring Your Smile:
How to Tell If Root Canal Therapy is Right for You
Those with Severe Tooth Pain
Candidates for Tooth Preservation
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We offer a wide range of payment methods to make high-quality dental care accessible to all patients.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is needed when the pulp, which is the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. Some reasons you may need root canal therapy include:
- Deep decay:
When a cavity is not addressed, it can reach the pulp and cause an infection.
If a tooth is hit or chipped, it can expose the pulp, leaving it vulnerable to infection.
- Cracked or fractured teeth:
A crack or fracture can allow bacteria to enter the pulp, causing infection.
- Multiple dental procedures:
Repeated dental procedures on a tooth can also lead to pulp damage.
- Gum disease:
Gum disease can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, exposing the root and making it susceptible to infection.
Some people may have a predisposition to developing certain dental problems, including issues with the pulp.
If you experience any persistent pain, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, swelling, discolouration, or have a cracked or chipped tooth, it’s important to see a dentist. They can evaluate the tooth and recommend the appropriate treatment, which may include root canal therapy.
Understanding the advantages of root canal therapy can help you make an informed decision about your dental treatment. This procedure offers several benefits, including:
- Relieves pain:
Root canal therapy alleviates the pain associated with an infected tooth caused by a deep cavity, tooth decay, or a chipped or broken tooth.
- Re-establish natural appearance:
When a tooth is severely infected, it may become discoloured and misshapen. Root canal therapy, followed by a dental crown, can help restore the tooth to its natural appearance and strengthen it.
- Protect adjacent teeth:
Root canal therapy helps detach the bacteria from an infected tooth and save other teeth from damage.
Root canal therapy can be more cost-effective than tooth extractions since it is a less invasive procedure and can be done in fewer sessions. Also, it can help save on teeth replacement costs.
Placing a crown on the molars or back teeth is highly recommended after undergoing root canal therapy. This is because molars and back teeth are responsible for most of the chewing and grinding of food, and they need to withstand significant pressure and force on a daily basis.
While it may not be necessary to place a crown immediately after a root canal, it is better to have it done within 2-4 weeks. This is because the tooth structure may become weakened after the root canal procedure, leaving it vulnerable to cracks, fractures, or further decay.
The cost of root canal therapy varies depending on several factors, such as how many canals need to be filled or whether you need a crown. According to the 2020 national dental fee survey, the average cost of a root canal without a crown ranges between $700 and $1,000. At the same time, a molar root canal with three canals can cost about $2,760 without a crown and $4,760 with a crown.
We strongly recommend that you book an appointment at our dental clinic so we can give you a more accurate cost of your dental procedure.
Proper care after a root canal is essential to maintain the health of your tooth. It involves a combination of good oral hygiene practices, dietary changes, and protective measures.
- You should brush and floss your teeth regularly and keep regular dental appointments to maintain the health of your tooth after a root canal.
- You may need to avoid chewing very hard or sticky foods.
- Wear a night guard if you grind your teeth at night and wear a sports mouthguard when playing sports.
It is recommended to avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods and scorching foods and drinks for 24 hours after a root canal.
Hard, crunchy, or sticky foods can cause irritation or even dislodge the temporary filling or crown that has been placed on the tooth. This can delay the healing process and even lead to further complications.
Scorching hot foods and drinks should also be avoided because the disinfected tooth and surrounding area may still be sensitive and susceptible to further damage or infection. Opt for lukewarm or room-temperature food and drinks instead.