Root Canal
in Ellenbrook

Are you in danger of losing a tooth due to dental decay, periodontal disease, or injury? No need to worry! With root canal therapy at Ellen Stirling Dental, your tooth can be saved! You don’t have to lose your tooth for good.

What is
Root Canal Therapy?

Tooth decay, gum disease, and injuries to teeth can result in tooth loss.
Loss of tooth can have a dramatic effect on your social and psychological wellbeing. You may experience adverse effects such as altered speech, inability to chew food properly, and loss of confidence.

The good news is that thanks to breakthroughs in therapy and modern technology, teeth are more likely to be saved. Root canal therapy, for example, is a common endodontic procedure that can save a tooth that has been severely injured. An alternative to extraction, root canal therapy involves drilling deep inside the tooth to remove active decay and infection from the roots. The remaining teeth and roots are then filled in to preserve them.

Benefits of
Root Canal Therapy

Saving a tooth with root canal therapy provides several benefits:

Why Choose
Ellen Stirling Dental
in Ellenbrook for Your Root Canal Therapy

If you need root canal treatment in Ellenbrook, look no further than Ellen Stirling Dental.

Root canals are not always painful procedures, but they require special attention from experienced dentists like our Ellenbrook dentist. You will be treated with the utmost respect and care by our team that has extensive experience performing root canal therapies.

At Ellen Stirling Dental, we aim to make every visit pleasant. We will take the time to listen and understand what is going on with your mouth and teeth. With our team of dental professionals, we can provide the best care possible for your smile!
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FAQ'S About Root Canal

We recommend root canal therapy when the pulp, the soft portion inside a tooth, is injured, inflamed, or infected. Even if the dental pulp is already dead, the crown of the tooth can remain intact. The best way to preserve the tooth structure is to remove the infected pulp or inflamed pulp. Preserving your natural teeth is always preferable over tooth extraction and alternative tooth replacement options.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, root canal therapy might be necessary:

  • Deep cavity
  • Excruciating pain when chewing or upon application of pressure to your tooth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Swollen gums around the infected tooth
  • A burning sensation in the gums
  • Discoloured teeth
  • Discolouration of the gums around the infected tooth

A root canal therapy procedure is typically performed in three dental appointments, with each dental visit lasting 30 to 90 minutes.

First visit: Your dentist or endodontist will take x-rays of the infected tooth, numb it, and extract the infected pulp. Afterwards, the tooth root is filled with a root canal filling material called gutta-percha.

Second visit: Your dentist or endodontist will clean, shape, and seal the root canal.

Third visit: Your dentist or endodontist will restore your tooth with an artificial crown.

A root canal therapy is performed to save your tooth. However, in some instances, the damage to the enamel is too severe, or the enamel is too fragile to sustain the process and can result in tooth loss.

There is also the risk of developing an abscess, a pocket of pus, at the tooth root if there is remaining infected material.

Dentists are all trained to perform root canal treatments. Root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment usually performed by endodontists, specialists in treating diseased tooth pulp. However, many general dentists also perform root canal therapy.

The average root canal cost depends on several factors, such as how many canal spaces need to be filled and whether or not a dental crown is needed. Treatment for one canal with a root canal filling material costs between $600 and $750, while the cost of treatment for one canal with a dental crown ranges from $2,300 to $2,850.

Root canal therapy is typically not covered by health insurance policies. You’ll need a major dental extras cover to get root canal therapy covered. The general dental extras policy covers minor dental services like regular check-ups, not major dental procedures like root canals.

A root canal procedure is generally safe and effective. As with any dental procedure, a root canal can fail, albeit rarely. Root canals can fail days, weeks, or even years after the dental treatment. Here are some symptoms of a failed root canal treatment:

  1. Prolonged severe pain: It is normal to experience discomfort for a few days after your root canal treatment, but it is not normal to experience this pain for a long time. If you experience significant dental pain that doesn’t go away, or if your tooth feels better for a while before hurting again, you may have a root canal failure.

  2. Persistent swelling: You may have moderate swelling around the treated tooth or in your face for a couple of days following a root canal treatment. However, new swelling or persistent swelling could indicate that your root canal has failed.

  3. Discharge: A pus-filled or bloody discharge oozing out of the treated tooth or the surrounding gums may indicate the formation of a new abscess or pus-filled pockets.

The success rate of root canals varies from 85% to over 95%. Missed canals, residual tissue, or bacterial leakage are the most common reasons for root canal therapy failure. The best way to avoid root canal failure is to have it done by a qualified health practitioner who has the necessary skills, training, and experience.

A side effect of root canal therapy is a recurrence of infection. However, this is a rare complication. It can be caused by an improperly cleaned-out root canal or an unseen fissure in the tooth’s root. Simple retreatment can help with a resurfaced infection.

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