Root Canal Treatment | Endodontic Therapy
Root Canal Therapy or Root Canal Treatment is used to
treat the infected pulp of a tooth and may require
several visits over a period of weeks. Clarify and
confirm this immediately after the first treatment.
It is typically a treatment to help save a bad (infected) or
damaged tooth from being removed.
The result of this type of treatment is twofold:
a) Elimination of the infection
b) Protection of the bad tooth from further or future
Root Canals are usually recommended if an infection
has been able to be confirmed normally by visual
inspection and/or information from the patient of some
discomfort, pain or inflammation.
There are several ways to determine or diagnose
the dental pulp and adjacent tissues:
1. Undue movement of tooth
2. Any swelling or tenderness felt? (Palpation)
3. TTP (Tender to percussion) - The tooth is
physically tapped to discover if there is any tenderness.
4. Pulp Lab tests
5. Checking for fractures - Light is shone onto and
through the tooth for a visual confirmation of hairline
In the past root canals were the one treatment that most
people feared due to the pain it imposed on patients.
However nowadays, with the advances in techniques and
local anaesthtics there is very little or even no pain
attached to this treatment.
Now it is one of the most popular treatments for a
infected or damaged tooth since living with a decayed
tooth is probably much more painful than the treatment.
Price per tooth: