What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment to clean and cure the inflamed or infected pulp from inside the tooth. The pulp is the soft tissue of the tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels that provides oxygen and nutrients to the tooth. If the pulp becomes infected due to dental trauma, decay or other reasons the patient will experience severe pain and needs to be addressed quickly. Once the pulp has been infected the whole tooth needs to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, otherwise it can cause abscess on the tip of the tooth’s root. In order to save the tooth, a root canal therapy Parramatta needs to be performed.
Root Canal Therapy Procedure
Depending on the condition of the tooth and the patient’s comfort level, a root canal treatment Parramatta can be done in one to three sessions. The root canal procedure is the same no matter how many sessions it may take.
The first part for the root canal therapy procedure after local anaesthetic is located into the area to numb the tooth, is to drill a small hole to open the tooth to the pulp chamber. The dentist will then use endodontic tools and file to remove the decay and dead pulp. X-rays will be taken to measure the length of the canal and make sure it is properly cleaned. Medicated paste is applied to help disinfect the area and sealed off with a temporary filling.
The second part of the procedure is usually a week apart and generally the patient’s tooth should not feel any pain or discomfort. Using the same opening, the dentist will continue removing the pulp from the canal and using a strong disinfectant to flush out any infection. X-rays are to be taken again to ensure that nerves of the roots are properly removed. If the patient is not experiencing any pain or discomfort the dentist can start on the next procedure. However if there is any soreness, the dentist will re-medicate the tooth and ask to come back a week later to start the next step.
The third part of root canal therapy is to fill and seal the tooth with gutta percha, which is a rubber like material to prevent bacteria from re-entering the tooth. X-rays are used to help measure the length of the root so that the gutta percha will fit snugly in the root canals. The opening will then be restored with a permanent filling to ensure that the tooth can function as a normal tooth again. Usually during this appointment if the patient needs a dental crown for added protection and support, it can also be done in the same appointment. Otherwise it can be rebooked for another appointment in the future. A crown is not part of a root canal Parramatta and it is a separate treatment altogether.
Root Canal Cost in Sydney
The average root canal treatment cost or endodontic treatment in Sydney ranges from $990 to $1,600. It is quite expensive so looking for a dental practice that offers affordable rate yet of excellent quality treatment is recommended.
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost at Parramatta Dentistry?
At Parramatta Dentistry we aim to provide affordable and cheap root canal treatment and endodontic therapy where our root canal cost Parramatta start from $800 to $1,500. It is advised to book a consultation appointment with our dentist at Parramatta Dentistry to give you a detailed treatment plan with all the root canal prices. If you have major dental extras as part of your private health insurance plan you will be eligible to claim some benefit back. Take the treatment plan to your private health insurance to see the exact amount you are eligible for.