Endodontic Treatment

What is endodontic treatment?

Endodontic treatment is also known as root canal treatment. This treatment is an  alternative treatment option to an extraction. The center or the “heart” of the tooth houses nerves and blood vessels known as the pulp which travels through the roots in the root canal space.

When the pulp is injured or infected, the tooth can become painful and the gum swollen. Root canal treatment involves cleaning and disinfecting this space which is then filled with a root filling. This process is called root canal treatment.

You have been referred to an endodontist. Who is an endodontist?

While all endodontists are dentists, less than three percent of dentists are endodontists. Endodontists are specialists because they have completed an additional three years of training after dental school. The additional training focuses on diagnosing tooth pain, root canal treatment and other procedures related to saving teeth. In many cases, a diseased tooth can be saved with endodontic treatment.

What are the fees for endodontic treatment?

Fees are based on the complexity of the tooth and treatment.

Fees range from $1850-$ 2985. Most private health insurance policies cover some aspect of treatment. All our clinics have Hicap machines on-site so you can claim your rebate when paying your account.

What to expect for your appointment?

You will be advised during your booking, if your appointment is a consultation  or consultation combined with treatment. Endodontics deals with pain.

Often patients require urgent management for pain relief or continuation of treatment commenced by the referring general dentist. Based on the information received, enough time can be made to commence treatment at your first visit.

How many visits does endodontic treatment take?

Endodontic treatment can be undertaken in a single or multiple visits. The decision depends on the complexity of the treatment and the level of disease. This will be further discussed during your consultation.

Are there any contraindications to endodontic treatment?

There are very few contraindications to endodontic therapy. There are certain medical conditions which require antibiotic cover before any dental procedure can be undertaken. Please advise us if you have any of the following:

  1. Heart valve repair
  2. History of Rheumatic fever
  3. Any joint replacement surgery less than 2 years ago

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What are the complications associated with endodontic treatment?

The most common complications are

  1. Post-operative discomfort – most procedures will result in minimal post-treatment discomfort. Analgesics are occasionally recommended and you will be advised if this is the case.
  2. Failure of treatment – endodontic treatment enjoys a success rate of up to 98%. A small number of cases do not respond to treatment. In fact, this may be one reason why you have been referred to an Endodontist. Root canal treatment can be repeated. However, it is more complex the second time around.
  3. When dealing with calcified, curved  or narrow root canals, there is a risk that fine instruments called files, used during treatment, can fracture inside the tooth. At Camberwell Endodontics, no files are reused. All endodontic instruments are new and sterile for each patient. The risk of file fracture is less than 0.5 % and complications from file fracture are rare.