What is Root Canal Therapy

A root canal is an endodontic procedure to remove the pulp of a tooth, which may have become infected. It’s also known as a “root-canal filling” or “endodontic therapy.” This endodontic treatment aims to relieve tooth pain and restore function to the tooth by removing all traces of infection in the pulp chamber and replacing it with filling material.

Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

Among the most important benefits are:
Prevents the loss of tooth:Root canal treatments ensure that patients don’t lose their tooth, preserving their natural appearance.
Prevents infection of adjacent teeth: The accumulation of bacteria in the pulp cavity is often the primary cause of tooth decay in the tooth cavity. A root canal removes the infected pulp, which harbours bacteria, stopping their growth and spreading.
Prevents the degeneration of the jawbone: Root canals preserve the health of an infected tooth. With missing teeth, the jawbone easily degenerates over time due to bacteria exposure and other elements. Root canal treatments prevent future infections and complications in the jawbone
Boosts overall health and oral health: By preventing conditions associated with poor oral health, root canals can improve overall health and maintain good oral health. Diabetes, respiratory infections, and GI infections are among these conditions.

Why Choose Narre Warren Dental Care for Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is a very serious procedure, but it’s also one of the most common dental procedures performed. Most people don’t know how to find a dentist who is qualified to perform this treatment or where they can go for root canal therapy in Narre Warren and surrounding areas.

We are here to help you with that! Our dentists at Narre Warren Dental Care have performed hundreds of successful root canal treatments in our practice and we’re ready to take on yours.

We offer modern facilities equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, friendly staff members, flexible appointment times and affordable prices so you can feel confident about your decision from start to finish. Just call us at 03 8774 6546 or book an online appointment!

Frequently asked questions

Do you have questions about our dental services? We’re here to help! Check out the
answers to some of our most frequently asked questions or browse through below for more information.

You May Need a Root Canal If-

  1. You may experience severe pain when eating or putting pressure on your teeth.
  2. You have a hole, chip, or crack in your tooth
  3. Tooth sensitivity or pain sustained for an extended period of time after eating or drinking hot or cold food or drink
  4. Discolouration or darkening of the teeth
  5. Abscesses or lesions forming around the gums that resemble small pimples or blisters
  6. Swelling around your face and/or neck
  7. The gums surrounding your natural tooth may be tender or swollen
It’s not uncommon for you to experience various symptoms after a root canal. Some of these may be sensitivity, swelling or inflammation. In contrast, others might have an uneven bite due to the medication provided by their endodontist. Regardless of how you feel following the procedure, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible to address any lingering issues and prevent future complications.
The cost of treating root canal infections will vary depending on the number of root canals that need to be filled, as well as if a crown is required or not. Based on data from Australia’s 2017 national dental fee survey, an average molar tooth with three root canals ranges between $2,000 and $3×400 without a crown and up to $4k760 when receiving one or more implants before being crowned for extra stability.
An endodontist or a dentist usually performs a root canal. Endodontics is the treatment, prevention and diagnosis of diseases that affect tooth nerves and dental pulp. Most dentists easily handle a typical root canal procedure. Endodontists are best able to perform root canals involving a complicated tooth structure.

Below is a visual guide on how the procedure saves your tooth:

  1. Through the top of a tooth, the dentist makes an opening into the pulp chamber.
  2. A root canal is irrigated and medicated after the infected dental pulp is removed or died.
  3. To protect the tooth between procedures, a temporary filling is inserted at the top of the tooth. Alternatively, the tooth can be left unattended for a couple of days to drain.
  4. The temporary filling is removed, and the pulp chamber and root canal(s) are cleaned and filled.
  5. Crowns are placed over teeth. For this last step, your endodontist will advise you to visit your dentist.

Root canal treatments that fail present several symptoms, including:

  • A lingering toothache that gets worse with additional pressure on the tooth
  • Treatment of canals not completed
  • Swelling of the face or swelling around the affected area
  • Gums with small bumps
  • Darkening of the teeth
  • A discharge from the affected area
In Australia, health insurance extras usually don’t cover root canal therapy. You will need a high level of extras coverage to be covered for root canal therapy. In most extras cover policies, dental care is covered for routine procedures such as check-ups, but not for major procedures such as root canals.

To avoid biting your cheek or tongue, it’s best to wait until the numbness in your mouth wears off before eating after root canal treatment.

Preferred food after treatment:-

  • Soft fruits like banana, mango, stewed fruits.
  • Milk products – yoghurt, milk, milkshakes/fruit smoothies, ice cream.
  • Mashed vegetables-Potato, Sweet potato
  • Soft proteins like eggs, tofu
  • Soft cereals such as porridge, semolina, etc.

* You should avoid chewing on the tooth under repair until your root canal procedure is finished — that means the permanent filling and a crown are in place.

Brush and floss the tooth gently, but don’t floss between your teeth if there is a temporary filling there.