Personalised Root Canal Treatment

Saving Your Teeth Is Our Top Priority

The main goal of root canal treatment is to preserve a tooth rather than remove it, as there is nothing better for chewing or biting food than the original teeth you were born with. Whilst an artificial tooth can undoubtedly do the job, your original teeth restored with the proper treatment will always be your best choice. Unfortunately, the root of many teeth become damaged due to injury, diseases or severe decay. When you visit a specialist endodontist like Ward Rutley, you are in the hands of a root canal specialist focussed on fixing up your problem tooth using experience, skill and technique, so you can walk away and enjoy your teeth for a lifetime.

Root Canal Specialist Options 

As a specialised endodontic practice performing root canal therapies in Brisbane every day, we know that everyone’s situation is different and will require a personalised approach. Some of the most common options of treatment and how we deal with them are:

Root Canal Surgery

On occasion, microscopic root canal surgery is performed at the root of the tooth to remove any infected tissue safely. It is also known as Endodontic surgery, apical microsurgery or apicoectomy. Under a microscope, we access the side of the root canal through a small incision in the gum line. Considered relatively non-invasive, our team works with you before, during, and after to ensure your comfort level is the highest priority.

Root Canal Retreatment

In some cases, we see patients referred to us who have previously undergone root canal therapy but never appropriately healed or a new infection developed months or even years later. In these circumstances, we analyse the tooth’s previous treatment and current condition before undertaking a root canal retreatment. Retreating the same area can be more complicated; however, we usually have a very high success rate of tooth preservation.

Trauma and Dental Injuries

From sports injuries to car accidents, teeth can be knocked out, dislodged, fractured or the surrounding jaw bone severely damaged. If your teeth have sustained a traumatic injury, they may require specialist endodontic root canal treatment but are most certainly in need of diagnosis and monitoring. In an emergency, it’s essential to make contact with us as soon as possible.

Emergency Pain Management

A general dentist will contact us to assist with a patient who requires emergency pain management. This occurs in certain situations, like dental trauma or a previous procedure, not healing correctly. When this happens, we diagnose the cause of pain and prescribe an appropriate plan for remedial action.

The root canal procedure itself is usually completed over several stages and within a few appointments. The time it takes depends on the severity of the infection and the number of root canals in the tooth.

We first give you a local anaesthetic or sedative. Then using a small dental drill, we gain access to the infected pulp area to remove the infected tissue.

Ensuring no bacteria or infection remains, we use specialised endodontic instruments, to thoroughly cleanse and disinfect each root canal.

Once cleaned, we insert a synthetic material designed to fill and support the root canals and prevent infection. Lastly, the tooth is sealed and hardened with a filling or crown, which will restore its strength and appearance. The detailed steps involved are:

1. local anaesthetic

First, a local anaesthetic or sedative is given to ensure a painless procedure.

2. Remove Infection

An opening is made in the tooth using a specialised endodontic drill.

3. Clean Out

Infected pulp is removed and the root canal is thoroughly cleaned with an endodontic file.

4. Backfill Canals

The empty root canals are filled with permanent material.

5. Fill & Support

A filling is used to seal the opening. If extra support is required a ‘post’ is inserted within the canal.

6. Strengthen with a Crown

A crown is cemented over the reconstructed tooth to strengthen it for life.

Root Canal Treatment Cost

No two teeth are the same. Each one has different canals inside them that vary in size and length. For example, your main incisors (front teeth) and canine teeth have just one canal, your molar teeth have 3-5 canals, and a premolar has between 2 and 3 canals. Costs depend on how many canals require treatment as well as other factors such as:

Will a crown be required? After a root canal, you need to seal the tooth. Sometimes all it needs is a filling. In other complex cases, you may need a crown to help improve the strength of the tooth.

Many root canals are undertaken with a local anaesthetic, whereas some may feel more comfortable with additional oral sedation which can be a very effective and safe method of helping any anxiety around the treatment.

Costs can range from $600-$700 to several thousand, but each tooth needs to be examined by us and x-rayed to see what needs to be done before giving you an accurate estimate.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I Know I Need Treatment?

People experience symptoms of pulp tissue disease differently. The most common signs are swelling to the face, pain when eating, are highly sensitive to hot and cold drinks or foods, or have suffered a dental injury. However, it doesn’t mean you need to worry, as the symptoms can mean something else, which is why you need to contact us for an appointment, so we can diagnose the problem.

What if I Ignore My Problem?

If you don’t treat your root canal issue, the area will only deteriorate, spread infection, and worsen the pain. In addition, bacteria from the condition can get into the surrounding tissue such as the gum and jaw, resulting in painful abscesses and losing teeth. Finally, there is an increased risk that inflammation and infection can spread to all body parts in rare cases, increasing the risk of severe conditions such as blood poisoning, a brain abscess or swelling that blocks the airway.

What Alternatives Are There?

The alternative is to have the problem tooth removed. However, removing teeth can cause issues with the surrounding teeth as they can still move with any space next to them. It can impact your bite, causing crooked teeth and tipped teeth that can affect your smile and chewing, and exposed root surfaces that may lead to tooth sensitivity or decay on the roots. Pulling teeth may seem like a good solution, but it can cost you more in implants, bridges, or dentures. We always recommend keeping your teeth as the best solution.

Are Root Canal Therapies Painful?

Excessive pain from the dying nerves or from developing abscesses occurs due to tooth trauma or infection in your tooth. Pain is relieved through appropriate treatment. Anaesthesia given beforehand will ensure the procedure is practically pain-free. When the anaesthesia wears off, you can experience discomfort for a few days, but you can manage this with prescribed or over the counter medications.

Are There Side Effects?

Although uncommon, the main risk is a returning infection, most likely from an incorrect cleaning or fracture that went undiagnosed. Root canal treatments, when done correctly, have an extremely high healing rate of more than 90%.

What is the Recovery Time?

The recovery time is quick, and in most cases, it only takes a few days to feel as though you are back to normal.

Get Started

What Are the Steps to Get Started?

Every treatment starts with an appointment in our practice, so we can determine what the best methods will be for a successful treatment.

If you have any questions, please call our practice.

We look forward to seeing you.