What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy or endodontics is used when the nerve of the tooth is no longer viable and needs to be removed. This process involves multiple appointments to clean out the canals in the tooth and place a filling material. This is will prevent further infection or inflammation. A permanent restoration can then be placed after the treatment is complete.
What are the symptoms I might experience if I need a root canal?
Symptoms may include:
- General pain
- Sensitivity to heat and cold
- Tooth discolouration
- Swelling or soreness in the gums surrounding the tooth
How much will a root canal cost?
Treatments start from $650.
Why should I have root canal treatment rather than just taking out the tooth?
It is always preferable to keep your own teeth if possible as they are biologically more compatible and allow for better function than a replacement tooth. A consultation with your dentist can help you determine the best course of action for your treatment.