You’re probably here because you want to know more about root canal cost in Sydney and what you can expect during treatment. In this post, we’ve set out to educate and inform anyone considering root canal treatment so they can make the right decision and understand the alternative options.
According to the 2017 National Dental Fee Survey, a root canal cost is between $2,000 and $3,400 on average without a crown but there are several factors which influence the total cost, which you’ll discover when you continue reading.
But first, let’s start by explaining what root canal treatment is.
What is root canal treatment?
Also known as root canal therapy, it’s a process designed to save a tooth that in essence is dying or is already dead.
Root canal treatment falls within a branch of dentistry known as endodontics which refers to treatment carried out inside the tooth. It can be carried out by an endodontist – a dentist that has undertaken an additional 3 to 4 years of specialist training – or by a general dentist with 4 to 5 years of education and training.
In simple terms, it involves removing infected or dead pulp from the affected tooth before filling and sealing the cavity to prevent the infection spreading. Typically root canal treatment involves 2 dental visits to complete.
What is the dental pulp?
The pulp is the lifeline of a tooth and serves to nourish a tooth as it develops and grows. It provides both nutrients and oxygen to give feeling to the tooth.
Located in the centre of the tooth, the pulp chamber contains an intricate system of nerves, blood vessels and soft tissue or pulp. Once it becomes infected, the whole area needs to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
Once a tooth is fully developed the surrounding tissues provide nourishment, which means that it can function without its pulp and in many cases can remain in the mouth indefinitely.
When might you need root canal treatment?
The build-up of decay beneath a filling, trauma to the tooth, and untreated dental decay are all reasons you might need root canal therapy.
While symptoms from an infected root canal can be quite painful, sometimes there are no symptoms at all. In cases like these, a dental x-ray taken during a routine check-up will determine what’s happening with your tooth. If you do experience tooth pain then we recommend visiting a dentist as quickly as possible. Once a nerve is damaged it’s usually irreversible and the only option is root canal treatment to save the tooth or its removal altogether.
What is the root canal procedure?
Before commencing the root canal procedure, our dentist will numb the area of your mouth with a local anaesthetic, and if you prefer, you can also request dental sedation to remove all feelings of anxiety and put you into a relaxed state.
At this point, an x-ray will be taken of your tooth to measure the depth of the canal to ensure it is properly cleaned.
A small hole is then drilled into the affected tooth and special tools are used to remove the decayed or dead pulp. This sounds worse than it is and discomfort is kept to a minimum.
Once the pulp has been removed, the canals are flushed out and cleaned with a strong disinfectant.
They are then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material to prevent bacteria from re-entering. The opening to the tooth is then restored with a filling.
A second visit and final part of the root canal procedure involves capping the tooth with a crown to provide additional protection and support. The tooth now continues to function just like your other teeth.
Root canal treatment – the success rate is high
The success rate of root canal therapy is high when the tooth is treated at the right time, and moreover, it can provide a permanent solution.
Compared to the alternative of tooth extraction and replacing the tooth with a dental implant, there are several advantages:
- The tooth retains natural appearance and function
- Normal biting and sensation are maintained
- A root canal remains a more affordable procedure
Root canal cost – Points to Consider
There are several factors which contribute to the overall root canal cost. These include:
- Who carries out the procedure – An endodontist will charge 20% to 30% more than a general dentist.
- The complexity of the case and which tooth is being treated also determines root canal cost. Teeth have varying numbers of canals with molars having more than front teeth. Consequently, a molar will take longer to treat and will, therefore, cost more.
- Sometimes a filling is not sufficient, and a dental crown will be needed. This is an additional cost which can increase the root canal cost by between $1,100 and $2,000.
That said, root canal treatment is still less expensive than undergoing an extraction and tooth replacement with a dental implant and is altogether a much faster procedure too.
If you think you may need root canal treatment, then make an appointment with a No Gaps Dentist near you. We manage to keep root canal cost in Sydney to a minimum without compromising quality. Because we have multiple locations, we’re able to spread our costs across the board, making our prices are more affordable for everyone.
Why not make an appointment for professional diagnosis and treatment by our experience dentists.