Root Canal Treatment

Saving your Tooth from Extraction

What is a Root Canal?

The aim of root canal treatment is to save a tooth from extraction that has been badly damaged due to decay, disease or injury. It involves removing the diseased or infected pulp (nerves) of the tooth, disinfecting the root canal system of the tooth and sealing them off so that you are able to maintain your tooth in your mouth.

The symptoms

  • discolouration of the tooth

  • severe toothache

  • gum swelling and tenderness

  • tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures 

How to Avoid a Root Canal

Infection or inflammation of the pulp can be caused by:

• breakdown of a filling or crown

• a deep cavity 

•  trauma

• gum disease

• crack or chip in the tooth

• extreme wear

The ways to avoid needing a root canal is to practice good oral hygiene. Simply brushing morning and night and flossing daily, will help prevent decay  from progressing to the point of needing a root canal. Regular dental visits for examination and cleans should be maintained every 6 months. Issues that may lead to a root canal can be diagnosed in the early stages and immediate treatment can be done which may prevent it. Waiting until you have a painful tooth is not ideal as it is usually a this point that a root canal or extraction is required.

The Stages of a Root Canal

A root canal treatment is completed in different stages across two to three appointments depending on the complexity of the tooth.

Capping your tooth after a root canal 

Having a root canal treatment performed will enable you to save the tooth in your mouth, however if the crown of the tooth is heavily broken down the tooth will need a ceramic cap or crown for functionality and aesthetic purposes. This procedure is performed 3 months after your root canal treatment has been completed. It's important to wait a few months before a crown is placed so that your tooth has had time to heal and there is no further signs of infection.

HICAPS

Swipe your healthcare fund and just pay the gap. All private health insurers are accepted. While this procedure is usually covered, the level your plan may cover can be checked by providing you with itemised codes of your treatment.