Despite what many people hear or read, a root canal’s main goal isn’t to cause unnecessary pain. The goal of a root canal treatment is to help save a tooth that has a severe infection. Your dental professional uses a root canal treatment to remove dead or dying tissue and bacteria from inside your tooth. We’ll give you a short step-by-step guide, so you know exactly what to expect with your root canal treatment Melbourne.
Step One – Numbing the Area
The first step in a root canal treatment is administering local anaesthesia using a needle. This anaesthesia numbs the tooth and surrounding gum. You may feel a small pinch in your gum when the needle goes in. Once the area is numbed, your dentist might put a dental dam in place. This is a small rubber sheet that keeps the area dry and clean during the root canal treatment.
Step Two – Cleaning Our the Tooth
Your dentist uses very small tools, such as a specialised drill, to get into the interior chamber of the tooth. Then, the practitioner will create a small opening in the top part of your tooth for access. They insert small files and slowly clear away any diseased or damaged pulp inside of your tooth. At this time, your dentist will shape the inner chamber of your tooth and they can irrigate the area to wash away any remaining pulp. Finally, they might do a quick wash with an antimicrobial solution to kill any bacteria and reduce the infection risk.
Step Three – Filling in the Tooth
After your dentist has cleaned the inner chamber of your tooth and dried it, they’ll fill it in. Many dentists use a rubber-like material named gutta percha. When they finish filling the tooth, they will close the opening in the top of the tooth with a temporary filling. They’ll put a permanent crown in place later, when the tooth is ready.
Step Four – Crown Placement
After your tooth heals for a few weeks, you’ll come back to finish your root canal treatment by putting a permanent crown on the top of your tooth. If your tooth is in very bad shape or weak, your dentist may apply a small support post inside your tooth. This can help to make your crown more stable.
Root Canal Cost
Root canal cost has a few factors that go into it and there is a cost range. The initial assessment for your root canal typically costs between $100 and $200. The root canal treatment itself ranges between $1,700 and $2,700 from start to finish. If you experience complications, this cost can increase.
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If you need root canal treatment in Melbourne, look no further than our office. Our team is happy to take a look, and you can contact us to schedule a consultation today.