Root Canal Dentistry
Dentists and patients consider root canal treatment as the smartest option to save a damaged or decayed tooth. The treatment option helps you to use your damaged natural tooth for life with the proper cleaning of root canals and the permanent closing of the cavity with fillings.
We provide the state-of-the-art root canal treatment in Port Melbourne to help our patients to save their natural teeth. At Bay Street Dental Group, we use advanced tools and equipment to ensure an effective and painless root canal treatment experience for our patients.
Our dentist will examine your teeth and confirm the need for a root canal treatment to address infected pulp. The dentist will numb your teeth to avoid any pain during the treatment procedure. They will also install a small shield around the tooth to make it isolated, clean, and dry during the treatment process.
Our dentist will then make an access cavity into the pulp chamber and anti-infection medication is placed inside the chamber to kill bacteria and stop infection. They will remove infected pulp from the pulp chamber to relieve you from the tooth pain.
The dentist will then clean and shape your root canal to fill and seal your teeth. Sometimes, our dentists will also install a crown over your tooth to make it stronger and compact. The crown instalment is often necessary for weakened teeth.
A tooth’s pulp can become diseased due to various factors, with the most common cause being deep tooth decay. When tooth decay extends beyond the protective layers of enamel and dentine, it allows oral bacteria to access the pulp. Since the pulp normally lacks these bacteria, they multiply quickly, leading to inflammation or infection within the chamber. Infection byproducts can then spread through the tooth’s root apex into the surrounding bone. If left untreated, this infection can evolve into an abscess, resulting in sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, pain during chewing or biting, and noticeable swelling. Other factors contributing to pulp damage include tooth trauma, gaps around old or loose fillings, excessive wear from teeth grinding (bruxism), and cracked teeth. These conditions can ultimately lead to pulp infection and the need for dental intervention.
Our dentist begins by thoroughly examining your teeth to confirm if a root canal treatment is necessary. To ensure your comfort, we numb your teeth, preventing pain during the procedure. A small protective shield is placed around the tooth to keep the area isolated, clean, and dry for effective treatment. The next step involves creating an access cavity to reach the pulp chamber. We introduce powerful anti-infection medication into the chamber. This medication eliminates bacteria and halts further infection. Our skilled dentist removes the infected pulp from the chamber, offering relief from any tooth pain you may have been experiencing. Afterwards, your root canal is meticulously cleaned and shaped before filling and sealing. In certain cases, we recommend placing a crown over your tooth to enhance its strength and durability, especially if it’s weakened. This step ensures your tooth remains robust and fully functional.
Patients typically experience little to no pain during a root canal treatment as the affected tooth is thoroughly numbed with local anaesthesia. However, it’s important to note that some discomfort may arise after the procedure. This discomfort is often due to tissue inflammation around the treated tooth and usually subsides within a few days. In such cases, over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate the discomfort.
Additionally, it’s possible for the jaw joints to feel tender because of the prolonged mouth opening during treatment. This discomfort is usually temporary.
Root canal treatment can be done under sedation at our dental practice. We provide several sedation options to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
To determine which sedation method is best for you, we recommend contacting us to discuss your specific needs.
The cost of a root canal in Melbourne can vary widely depending on several factors, including the specific tooth being treated, the complexity of the procedure, and whether additional treatments like dental crowns are needed. Dental fees can differ between practices and may be influenced by your dental insurance coverage.
Root canal treatment is generally not covered by Medicare in Melbourne. However, some private health insurance plans may cover part or all of the cost of the procedure. It’s advisable to review your specific insurance plan and consult with your dental provider to determine the extent of coverage for root canal treatments and related dental services.
A root canal can be worth the cost for many individuals as it preserves natural teeth, relieves pain, and may be more cost-effective than alternatives like dental implants. However, the decision depends on individual dental health needs and goals.
A crown is often recommended after this treatment to protect and strengthen the treated tooth.
The duration of a root canal’s effectiveness varies based on factors such as the quality of the dental procedure, the patient’s oral hygiene practices, and the tooth’s overall condition. Typically, a well-maintained root canal can endure for many years, potentially spanning decades.
An alternative to a root canal is tooth extraction, followed by dental prosthetics like implants, bridges, or partial dentures.
A typical root canal treatment can take one to two hours, but it may vary based on the tooth’s location and the complexity of the procedure.