Root Canal Treatment

What Is A Root Canal Treatment?

Also called endodontic treatment, a root canal procedure involves taking out the infected or affected pulp of the concerned tooth followed by a gentle yet detailed cleaning of the cavity, putting in a filling, and if needed, placing a dental crown to protect the tooth.  

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How Does Root Canal Treatment Improve Overall Dental Health?

Root canal treatment removes the infection from the tooth and allows the tooth to remain in the mouth for function and aesthetics.

If left untreated, it could further complicate the tooth’s condition, spread the decay, and leave the jaw bone vulnerable to disease. This procedure also allows patients to bypass the last resort option of extracting the entire tooth.

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What Does A Root Canal Process Involve?

A root canal is usually a same-day procedure depending on where the tooth is located (back teeth may require additional sessions because of the difficulty in accessing them and complex nerve pathways and roots) or the degree of damage borne by the tooth.

Step 1: X-Rays

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Our dentists will start by taking several X-rays of your teeth and the infected tooth to evaluate the depth, structure, and intricacy of the root canals.  

Step 2: Anaesthesia

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Anaesthetic reduces pain and discomfort to a minimum and is an essential step.

After applying topical and local anaesthesia, the dentist will gently access the root canal of the affected tooth.

Step 3: Cleaning

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Cleaning the root canals thoroughly to get rid of bacteria inside the root canal.

Step 4: Filling and Crowning

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The inside of the tooth will then be filled with a safe, durable, and compatible material followed by applying a suitable filling and setting a crown.

*Note: A tooth that has undergone a root canal procedure may be fragile compared to the other teeth but maintaining a rigorous dental hygiene routine (brushing, flossing, teeth-friendly diet and regular dental checks) can prolong its durability.

Cost of Root Canal And Crown

Root canals range between $850 to $1450 depending on which tooth you need worked on and how complex your situation is.

Generally, molars (teeth at the back) are more difficult to treat, and have the most number of roots, so they generally take more time to work on.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are root canal treatments painful?

At Gentle Smile Dental Studio, we focus on doing every surgery gently. Before we start the root canal, we will numb the tooth where we’re going to work on. Once numb, you should experience minimal discomfort and pain throughout the procedure.

How is root canal done?

There are four main steps: 1) X-Ray; 2) Anaesthesia; 3) Clean and 4) Fill. These four steps can be completed on the same day.

Is there a situation when root canals cannot be done?

Some scenarios include severe infection that prevents a root canal from being effective. Another scenario involves having too little tooth to build a crown upon. In these cases, you might have to go for an extraction and/or implant.

Will root canal stop tooth sensitivity?

If you have sensitivity when biting or reacting to hot or cold foods, then you might have infected pulp that’s causing these issues. Book an appointment with us.

What is the cost of a root canal?

A root canal costs between $850 to $1,450 depending on complexity.

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