Root Canal Treatment Auckland

Root Canal Treatment (RCT)

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that is often recommended by dentists to save a damaged or infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the damaged or infected pulp from inside the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the root canal, and then filling and sealing the tooth. Despite its reputation for being painful, root canal treatment is a very effective way to save a tooth and prevent the need for more invasive procedures like tooth extraction. When it comes to root canal treatments, you want it done right the first time. Avoid infection and the risk of tooth loss by going with a trusted dentist who can do a RCT with precision and in the most pain free manner as possible.

In this blog post, we will discuss the ins and outs of root canal treatment, including what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.

What is a Root Canal?

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure that is performed to save a tooth that has been damaged or infected. The procedure involves removing the damaged or infected pulp from inside the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the root canal, and then filling and sealing the tooth. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When the pulp becomes damaged or infected, it can cause a range of problems, including pain, swelling, and even abscesses. Root canal treatment is a way to remove the damaged or infected pulp and save the tooth.

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What to Expect During Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment usually takes two to three appointments to complete. During the first appointment, the dentist will take an x-ray of the tooth to assess the extent of the damage or infection. They will then numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. Once the tooth is numb, the dentist will make a small hole in the top of the tooth to access the pulp. They will then use special tools to remove the damaged or infected pulp and clean and disinfect the root canal. Once the root canal is clean, the dentist will fill it with a rubber-like material and seal the tooth with a temporary filling.

During the second appointment, which usually takes place a week or two later, the dentist will remove the temporary filling and replace it with a permanent filling or a dental crown. A dental crown is a cap that is placed over the tooth to protect it and restore its function. Depending on the extent of the damage or infection, the dentist may also prescribe antibiotics or pain medication to help manage any discomfort or swelling after the procedure.

Aftercare for Root Canal Treatment

After root canal treatment, it is normal to experience some discomfort or sensitivity in the treated tooth. This should subside within a few days, and over-the-counter pain medication can help manage any discomfort. It is also important to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing twice daily, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.

Most root canal treated teeth are more prone to fracture or breakage, and your dentist would advise a crown or cap to reinforce the tooth for long term success of the treatment. In some cases, the tooth may need to be re-treated if the infection returns or if the filling or crown becomes damaged.

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Do you have a Toothache?

Have you experienced a sharp, shooting pain in the tooth?

This is most likely due to bacteria entering your nerve canals and attacking your dental nerve. This is mostly likely a sign that your tooth may need a Root Canal Treatment. Contact the reception as soon as possible and do not wait for the pain to go away on it own as you may risk it spreading deeper beyond your tooth into vital structures of your jaw and beyond.

Dental emergencies

Root canal treatment is considered as a Dental Emergency procedure as if left untreated can be life threatening in rare and advanced cases. Once diagnosed, it would be best to get a root canal treatment as soon as possible. Root canal treatments are simple, relatively pain-free, quick procedures that can save your tooth and prevent adverse effects to your dental and general health.

Root Canal Treatment Cost

Root Canal Treatment is more cost-effective in the long run than extracting the tooth and replacing with a fixed replacement like Dental Implant or Dental Bridge. Moreover, you get to save your natural tooth.

Treatment cost varies according to the complexity of procedure; the number of canals systems in the tooth and the position of the tooth. The overall cost inlcuding all the appointments for Root Canal treatment starts from $900 for non-complex RCTs and can go around $1500 for complex cases. RCT usually requires 2–3 appointments, spread 2-3 weeks apart, and you pay as you go. Splitting the cost into smaller and pocket-friendly appointments.

All the costs will be discussed and approved with you before the RCT appointment is scheduled or performed.

 

It is important to prioritize dental health and discuss payment options with the reception to make the cost more affordable and manageable. We offer variety of payment plan options at our practice including but not limiting to Afterpay, Genova Pay, Health Now, Gem Visa and Q Card.

Conclusion

Root canal treatment is a safe and effective way to save a tooth that has been damaged or infected. Despite its reputation for being painful, the procedure is usually no more uncomfortable than a routine dental filling. By understanding what to expect before, during, and after the procedure, you can feel confident in your decision to undergo root canal treatment and take the necessary steps to ensure a successful outcome. If you think you may need root canal treatment, be sure to talk to your dentist to learn more about the procedure and whether it is right for you.

Why choose Sunnynook Dentist for Root Canal Treatment?

At Sunnynook Dentist, our team of experienced and compassionate dentists and dental specialists in North Shore, Auckland are committed to providing you with care that is both thorough and personal.

 

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Our team of dentists and specialists will take the time to make sure you fully understand all your treatment options, as well as their associated costs, benefits and risks.

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