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Treatment for infection within the tooth
To prevent or reverse infection of badly damaged and decayed teeth, it may be necessary to carry out a root canal treatment. Though possessed of a fearsome reputation, the procedure is now well understood and produces excellent long lasting results with minimal discomfort.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
Tiny canals in your tooth become infected and can cause quite severe pain. The purpose of a root canal is to save a badly infected tooth. If not performed extraction of the tooth is commonly required. The infected canals are cleared then filled. It is quite common for the tooth to require a crown or a filling.
You might need a root canal if one or more of your teeth have become infected and there is severe damage to the pulp of your tooth.
Things to look out for include:
- Although simple root canals can be performed by a general dentist, more complex root canals (such as those on your rear teeth) may require a specialised Endodontist.
- Commonly a root canal treatment will require a crown as well. Be aware of this potential additional cost
- Hugh advances in root canals have been made over the last decade, so make sure your dentist is up to date
What is the procedure like?
The tooth has small canals filled with what is known as pulp: these reach right down into its root. The tooth’s canals may become infected and the pulp within them is first removed in a procedure referred to as a pulpotomy. The canals are then temporarily filled with an alkaline paste and the tooth is left to settle during which time the paste thoroughly disinfects the tooth.
A second appointment about a week afterwards is necessary to complete the procedure. The pulpotomy should remove any discomfort related to infection within the tooth. In the follow up the temporary paste is removed. The canals are filled with an inert material and the tooth should be given a protective crown to protect the work. The procedure is spread over two or more dental visits.
What affects the price?
- The dentist selected
- If a specialized endodontic is required
- The position on of the tooth
- The type of crown required (if any)
Price lists should always be viewed with caution as many factors can increase or decrease the resulting price. The follow table gives some indicative costs for root canals across the world:
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