Root Canal Treatment

Root canal therapy helps to save a tooth which has an inflamed or dying nerve.

Save Your Tooth With Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure typically done over 1-3 visits where an infected or an inflamed nerve is cleaned out of a tooth and replaced with a filling.

What causes a tooth nerve to become inflamed or infected?

  • A deep decay close to the nerve
  • Crack in the tooth
  • A tooth that has gum disease
  • Trauma to the tooth

Anatomy

Abscess

Pulp Chamber

Filling

Treatment

What will I feel if I have an infected tooth?

A lot of the time, tooth infections go unnoticed without obvious signs. However, for some an infected tooth can be quite debilitating causing:

  • Severe throbbing pain
  • Pain that increases at night or when lying down
  • You may notice a gum boil
  • Pus discharge and bad taste
  • Swollen glands and face
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold foods

The latest technology for safe and predictable root canal treatment

Here at Prosmiles Dental in Melbourne, we perform your root canal procedure with the latest technology. Usually root canal therapy is carried out in 1-3 visits. If a tooth has a persistent infection or the root canals are difficult to clean, it may warrant extra time and visits.

Visit 1: The aim is to get you out of pain and drain the abscess. We clean out the decay, place a secure filling on the tooth and drain the inflamed or infected nerve. An antibiotic paste is placed in the nerve canal to calm the nerve.

Visit 2: The aim of this visit is to fully clean the infected nerve from all the roots. All the root canals and thoroughly cleaned and antibiotic dressing placed.

Visit 3: The aim of this visit is to fill the root canals with a special rubber like material. Once the roots are filled, the tooth is filled with a base filling or core filling to support the future crown.

Once the root canal treated tooth is settled, a crown may be recommended to protect the tooth against fracture.

Contact Prosmiles for an experienced dentist with personalised care

For a trusted family-friendly Collingwood Dentist, or for more information on root canal cost, call Prosmiles on (03) 9417 6355.

Root Canal FAQs

Do you have a damaged or decaying tooth that needs saving? Root canal treatments are a perfect way to restore the functionality of your teeth. Our dentists at ProSmiles have answered some of your most frequently asked questions about root canal treatments to help you understand the procedure a little more. For more information, call us on (03) 8613 3416.

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Tooth pain after root canal when biting?
Usually, you won’t feel any tooth pain when biting down after the root canal treatment when done properly – only slight irritation for the first few days. However, when it comes to a root canal treatment, the pulp from inside your tooth is removed, and space is filled with a rubber-like material. If too much material is used for the filling, the tooth may sit higher than what was originally planned, and therefore, you may feel pain any time you bite down. At ProSmiles, we’re experts at root canals and can help you avoid any unnecessary pain from a standard root canal treatment.
What to eat after a root canal?
It’s best to eat soft foods after a root canal such as yogurt, ice cream, milkshakes, and eggs. Even soft fruits are recommended as they are both healthy and won’t put added pressure on your teeth. It’s important that you only start to eat solid foods once your permanent filling is in place and the numbness starts to wear off. Hard foods can cause you pain or damage the root canal, and therefore, it’s integral that you follow the instructions given to you by our team of expert dentists.
How much is a root canal in Australia?

In Australia, the average price for a root canal treatment is between $2,000-$3,400. However, price is ultimately down to individual circumstance, including how many root canal treatments you need for your set of teeth, and which teeth are in need of the procedure. Molars may have a differing price to standard front teeth, and therefore, it’s important to talk to our team about estimated costs before commencing with the treatment. For more information, contact us today.

What is a root canal procedure?
A root canal treatment is perfect for restoring a decaying or damaged tooth. It involves drilling a hole into the tooth and removing the soft dental pulp in the centre. This pulp is a combination of connective tissue, nerves, and blood supply which extends to the root of the tooth. A filling is then added to the centre to replace the pulp which has been extracted. At ProSmiles, our team have performed a range of root canal treatments – from simple procedures to ones that were more complex. Therefore, we understand how important a root canal can be for the functionality of your teeth and can help restore your dental performance.
Why do I need a root canal?
When a tooth is badly damaged or decayed, the tooth may become infected as bacteria start to multiply inside the tooth and pockets of pus start to form. Therefore, saving your natural tooth is important as our natural teeth work better than artificial replacements. To do this, root canal treatments are the perfect solution. It will help you avoid any further complex dental procedures that would otherwise cause more hassle and pain.
When to get a root canal done?
Signs that you may need a root canal include:

  • Severe toothaches, especially when chewing
  • Increased sensitivity from the heat or cold
  • You find that your tooth is darkening
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Pimples on the gums
  • Swelling of the face

If you find that you have any of these symptoms, contact our team at ProSmiles today to discuss a root canal treatment.

Contact Us Today

For more information on our root canal treatment or dental care procedures, contact us today or call us on (03) 8613 3416.