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Root Canal Treatment

Save your smile with
Root Canal Treatment

Do you have a painful tooth infection?

Our skilled dentists here at Melton Dental Group specialise in performing root canal treatment, a highly effective procedure to halt the spread of infection and protect your teeth from further damage or extraction.

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What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal is a popular treatment for people with severely damaged teeth. To understand the treatment, allow us first to explain your dental anatomy. The soft centre of the tooth is known as the dental pulp, and it’s made up of connective tissue, nerves and blood supply extending deeper into your tooth roots. When the pulp is damaged, or a neglected infection spreads to the pulp, it leads to a painful condition with limited treatment options.

Root canal treatment is the best and safest treatment available to save your natural tooth. It’s done by our experienced dentists, who carefully remove the infected pulp and clean the root canal. Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and sealed, a crown is placed over the tooth for extra protection and to ensure your tooth stays strong and healthy for years to come.

If your infected tooth is left untreated, the infection could worsen into an abscess at the root of the tooth, leading to the deterioration of the underlying bone and making it impossible to save your natural tooth! In severe cases where the infection spreads to neighbouring teeth, individuals may experience illness, fever, or swelling of the face and neck.

Signs you need a Root Canal

Deep cavities, dental trauma, or issues from dental restorations usually give way to a few common symptoms that might indicate a need for a root canal. While also indications of other oral health issues, here are the signs you should watch out for:

  • Pain when chewing/biting
  • Sensitivity to hot/cold, even after sensation has been removed
  • Swollen gums
  • Darkening of the gums
  • Pimples forming on the gums
  • Pus around a tooth
  • Discolouration of a tooth
  • Swelling of the face or jaw
  • A loose tooth

Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

A root canal treatment helps save your natural tooth without having to extract it. This provides a range of benefits, including: 

  • Relieves pain caused by an infected tooth
  • Prevents further serious infections
  • Prevents jawbone deterioration from a lost tooth
  • Protects problems from shifting teeth
  • Makes chewing and biting efficient
  • More cost-effective than alternatives like tooth extraction and replacement
  • Saves your natural smile, as nothing will ever look, feel or function like natural teeth!
  • It’s a safe and minimally invasive treatment with minimal recovery time
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Our Root Canal Treatment process

Our gentle and highly experienced dentists here at Melton Dental will handle your root canal treatment with the utmost care and precision. We understand that undergoing a dental procedure can be daunting, which is why we prioritise your comfort and well-being throughout the process.

Root canal treatment is a simple procedure that takes place over the course of 1 to 3 sessions at our clinic, depending on the severity of the pulp infection! Here’s what you can expect during this treatment:

  1. Local anesthetic is administered to ensure you experience minimal discomfort.
  2. The affected tooth is isolated with a thin rubber sheet (called a ‘rubber dam’).
  3. The decayed portions of the tooth, any affected filling, and the infected pulp are removed.
  4. Using special instruments, our dentists will clean and shape the root canal and remove remaining bacteria or buildup.
  5. The root canal is flushed with disinfectants and dried whilst antibiotic medication is placed in the canals.
  6. The infection-free root canal is sealed with durable rubber-based material, and the tooth is sealed with a temporary filling.
  7. A crown may be placed over your tooth for further protection.

Root Canal Treatment cost in Melton

The cost of root canal treatment can depend on several factors, such as the complexity of the procedure and the location of the tooth. Our dentists will provide you with an accurate estimate of treatment costs at your initial consultation, and you can even opt to pay for your treatment with our flexible payment options.

Root Canal Treatment Aftercare

Recovery time can vary but on average, you can expect to heal within just a few days! Slight inflammation is perfectly normal for the first few days and can be treated with a warm, saltwater rinse or over-the-counter pain relievers. Soft, cold foods are recommended to avoid damaging your treated tooth. Avoid spicy food and  hot beverages while refraining from consuming alcohol during this week. Make sure to stick to a consistent oral hygiene routine by brushing gently with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day.

Our dentists at Melton Dental Group use years of expertise and the latest technology to give you the best dental care available. Have a damaged tooth? Call us, and we’ll make sure your dental health is in the safest hands.

We also offer other dentistry services such as general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, children’s dentistry, sedation dentistry and much more to provide you with the best care for your oral health.