For patients experiencing tooth pain, it’s best to be proactive. When patients are referred to me for specialist endodontic treatment, I provide practical advice and present effective options to save the tooth. The following frequently asked questions have been created to help clarify some of the main concerns from patients.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have a question not answered below.
Q. Does endodontic treatment hurt?
No. There is a perception endodontic treatment is painful. The treatment does not cause pain; it works to alleviate it. As an experienced endodontic specialist, where appropriate, I will relieve the pain of the procedure by numbing the tooth and the surrounding area with local anaesthesia. I am always mindful of patient comfort, particularly patients who suffer anxiousness and phobia.
Q. How much is it going to cost?
Patients fear specialist fees. While costs vary between treatments and therapies, I openly discuss associated fees with patients. This way, patients know what to expect upfront. I welcome any questions on fees and am happy to provide a thorough explanation. When compared with alternative options, such as extraction and replacement, saving the tooth with a root canal is relatively cost-efficient.
Patients can claim endodontics procedures through many private health funds. The gap will depend on the policy.
Q. What payment methods are available?
There are convenient payment options available for patients. Payment methods include cash, as well as credit cards, such as Visa and Mastercard.
Q. What are the benefits of being treated by an endodontist?
Endodontics focuses exclusively on treatments and therapies relating to the interior of the tooth. This requires specialist training and provides endodontists, like me, specific expertise in diagnosing the cause of tooth pain, pain management procedures, and use of more advanced technology to make patient treatment more comfortable and successful.
Q. How can endodontics help me?
Endodontic therapy involves removing the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleaning and shaping the canal system, then sealing the prepared space. Most endodontic treatment is performed in a single appointment, ranging from 45-120 minutes. Some patients may require additional appointments, depending on the number of canals and the complexity.
Once treatment is completed, patients will be advised to return to their dentist for a permanent restoration – an important part of treatment because it seals the cleaned and filled canals from the oral environment, protects the tooth and restores it to function.
Sometimes, pain experienced from the tooth is not associated with its health. Instead, the pain relates to the surrounding structures of the tooth. It is my role to differentiate the two and provide patients with appropriate advice.
Q. What happens if a patient doesn’t proceed with endodontic treatment?
Patients are referred to an endodontist when the soft tissue inside the root canal (pulp), becomes inflamed or infected. After treatment, the tooth continues to function like any other. If a patient doesn’t proceed with recommended endodontic treatment, there is a high-risk the untreated tooth with become painful or result in the development of an abscess. Other complications are possible, too.