Root Canal Treatment

Root canal or endodontic treatment is a common dental procedure that treats the inside of the tooth. The procedure involves removal of the inflamed or infected tissue and careful cleaning and disinfection of the inside of the tooth. A rubber-like root filling is placed and the tooth is restored with a filling or a crown. With the modern equipment and techniques, the prognosis of root canal treatment is very good and the tooth continues to function like any other tooth. 

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Contrary to jokes about the matter, modern endodontic treatment is very similar to having a routine filling and usually can be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. At Mildura Family Dental you can expect a comfortable experience during and after your root canal appointment. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause further pain or lead to an abscess.

When is root canal treatment needed?

If a tooth has a cavity or a chip that causes mild sensitivity it can often be managed by having a filling or a veneer placed. However, if the tooth is causing a throbbing ache these measures will not be appropriate and root canal treatment or tooth extraction is needed. Your dentist will discuss your options depending on the tooth’s position, function and other alternatives available. 

Frequently Asked Questions

A root canal treatment is a dental procedure that involves removing the infected or damaged pulp from the inside of a tooth and replacing it with a filling. You might need a root canal if you have a severely decayed or infected tooth, a deep cavity, or a cracked tooth.

A root canal treatment may cause some discomfort, but your dentist will numb the area with local anesthesia to minimize any pain. You may also receive sedation if you are anxious or nervous about the procedure.

The length of a root canal treatment depends on the location and condition of the tooth. Simple root canals may take only one appointment, while more complex root canals may require multiple appointments.

After a root canal treatment, you may experience some sensitivity and discomfort for a few days. Your dentist will give you instructions on how to manage these symptoms, including pain medication, ice packs, and rest.

It can take several days to a week to fully recover from a root canal treatment, depending on the complexity of the procedure and how well you care for the treated tooth.

You can care for the treated tooth by following your dentist's instructions, which may include avoiding hard and sticky foods, rinsing with saltwater, and gently brushing around the area.

Yes, a root canal treatment can save your tooth from further damage and prevent the need for extraction. However, it's important to follow up with your dentist regularly to monitor the health of the treated tooth.

The patients after RCT should protect the tooth with a crown.

Dental insurance may cover the cost of a root canal treatment, but the amount and type of coverage vary depending on the insurance plan. It's best to check with your insurance provider to confirm your coverage.

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Why save the tooth?

Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:

With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.

Treatment Process

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