We have a lot of people call us asking this question!
A root canal treatment is done to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing the tooth from the mouth. During a root canal treatment, the dentist removes the severely damaged or infected nerve tissue (called the dental pulp) from inside the tooth. A filling is placed using a material called gutta percha to take up the space where the dental pulp was located.
This procedure is usually done in 3 stages (or 3 appointments). The cost varies depending on how complex the procedure is, which tooth is affected and how many pulp canals a tooth has.
Each appointment can average between $500-$850 and the final stage is either fixing a filling or a crown to the tooth. This is based on factors such as where the tooth is located in the mouth, pressure placed on the tooth, the amount of natural tooth structure present.
The procedure does sound expensive but the option of extracting a tooth to then have it replaced is more costly.
To help with the cost of treatment, your health insurance may cover some of the cost (with major dental) and each stage usually has at least 2 weeks between the next so the cost can be spread. We also offer payment options with Afterpay and the National Dental Plan powered by HUMM.
WHAT DAMAGES THE DENTAL PULP?
The three main methods of damage to the dental pulp include:
- Tooth decay that travels into the dental pulp causing it to become infected or severely inflamed.
- Severe injury or damage to a tooth. This type of damage can come from playing sports, a car accident or even a fall.
- A crack in the tooth that extends into the dental pulp.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS?
- Severe pain that does not go away after taking pain medication.
- Severe pain when biting together or while chewing.
- A pimple on the gums next to a tooth.
- Tooth discomfort that continues even after the hot or cold item has been removed from the mouth.
- Deep tooth decay that may or may not be associated with pain or discomfort.
- A swollen area of the face.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, give us a call to book an appointment. We will be able to diagnose the problem and advise you on treatment options to help save the tooth and restore your oral health.