Illustration of a tooth showing root canal

Root Canal Treatment

What is root canal treatment (endodontics)

Root canal treatment (also called endodontic treatment) is a dental procedure which is needed when the tooth’s blood and nerve supply gets infected due to caries or injury. Often, you do not feel any pain in the early stages of the infection, and you may only notice that the tooth becomes darker in colour. Root canal treatment or endodontic treatment is the only method of saving the tooth.

When would you need root canal treatment?

The pulp of the tooth might be infected and damaged by:

  • tooth decay
  • leaking fillings
  • damage to teeth as a result of trauma

Left untreated, the bacteria from the infected pulp may spread through the root canal system of the tooth and in time, may lead to an abscess. Signs and symptoms of pulp inflammation may include swelling around your face and neck, a hole in your tooth, toothache or tooth pain, gum swelling, and temperature sensitivity.

Why have I been referred to a specialist?

To give you the most accurate diagnosis, best treatment and therefore, the best chance of keeping your tooth, a specialist should carry out root canal treatment.

Due to the overly complex anatomy of the inside of the tooth, root canal treatment (and especially re-treatment) is a complicated and demanding procedure. It is in your best interest to have your treatment carried out by an endodontist who has the particular expertise and equipment required to carry out these procedures.

A Specialist Endodontist is a dentist who specialises in saving teeth.
Speciality training in Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment) requires three years of formal postgraduate education and goes far beyond the basic endodontics training given to general dentists.

As a result of the specialist training, endodontists are skilled in finding the cause of oral and facial pain, treating traumatic injuries to the tooth, diagnosing cracked teeth, and performing other procedures that save teeth.

What is the success rate in saving a tooth?

Root canal treatment has a success rate above 95% if carried out by a specialist.

With the use of high-magnification and other modern techniques, endodontist treatments are very predictable. However, you need to remember that it is impossible to guarantee the success of any medical procedure. Even with the best treatment, healing may not occur due to circumstances beyond the control of the dentist. Should this occur, further steps may be required to eradicate the infection.

What if I decide not to have treatment?

You may risk losing the tooth and have more discomfort. Avoiding root canal treatment might lead to a rapid formation of a painful abscess and /or spreading of the infection, which might be challenging to treat.

What are alternatives to endodontic treatment?

Other alternatives to the root canal treatment is a tooth extraction, You might be able to replace it with a dental implant, dental bridge which are more expensive alternatives and not always suitable for every patient or removable denture.

Is the root canal treatment painful?

A local anaesthetic is used at all stages of treatment to ensure your comfort. For most patients, the feeling of numbness usually subsides after 2-3 hours. Following the procedure, the tooth may feel a little bit tender, particularly one that has been problematic before the treatment.

Will the tooth be safe after root canal treatment?

We advise you to return to your dentist between two to six weeks after completion of the root canal to have your tooth properly restored. Usually, a crown or an onlay is recommended to protect your tooth from fracture.

As the unrestored tooth is susceptible to fracture, you should take care and avoid biting too hard on the tooth until your dentist restores it.

How much does treatment cost?

We understand that for some patients specialist endodontic treatment might cause too much financial stress, and as a result Parkhill Dental offers several 0% interest finance plans.

Diagram of a root canal in a tooth

What is root canal treatment (endodontics)

Root canal treatment (also called endodontic treatment) is a dental procedure which is needed when the tooth’s blood and nerve supply gets infected due to caries or injury. Often, you do not feel any pain in the early stages of the infection, and you may only notice that the tooth becomes darker in colour. Root canal treatment or endodontic treatment is the only method of saving the tooth.

When would you need root canal treatment?

The pulp of the tooth might be infected and damaged by:

  • tooth decay
  • leaking fillings
  • damage to teeth as a result of trauma

Left untreated, the bacteria from the infected pulp may spread through the root canal system of the tooth and in time, may lead to an abscess. Signs and symptoms of pulp inflammation may include swelling around your face and neck, a hole in your tooth, toothache or tooth pain, gum swelling, and temperature sensitivity.

Why have I been referred to a specialist?

To give you the most accurate diagnosis, best treatment and therefore, the best chance of keeping your tooth, a specialist should carry out root canal treatment.

Due to the overly complex anatomy of the inside of the tooth, root canal treatment (and especially re-treatment) is a complicated and demanding procedure. It is in your best interest to have your treatment carried out by an endodontist who has the particular expertise and equipment required to carry out these procedures.

A Specialist Endodontist is a dentist who specialises in saving teeth.
Speciality training in Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment) requires three years of formal postgraduate education and goes far beyond the basic endodontics training given to general dentists.

As a result of the specialist training, endodontists are skilled in finding the cause of oral and facial pain, treating traumatic injuries to the tooth, diagnosing cracked teeth, and performing other procedures that save teeth.

What is the success rate in saving a tooth?

Root canal treatment has a success rate above 95% if carried out by a specialist.

With the use of high-magnification and other modern techniques, endodontist treatments are very predictable. However, you need to remember that it is impossible to guarantee the success of any medical procedure. Even with the best treatment, healing may not occur due to circumstances beyond the control of the dentist. Should this occur, further steps may be required to eradicate the infection.

What if I decide not to have treatment?

You may risk losing the tooth and have more discomfort. Avoiding root canal treatment might lead to a rapid formation of a painful abscess and /or spreading of the infection, which might be challenging to treat.

What are alternatives to endodontic treatment?

Other alternatives to the root canal treatment is a tooth extraction, You might be able to replace it with a dental implant, dental bridge which are more expensive alternatives and not always suitable for every patient or removable denture.

Is the root canal treatment painful?

A local anaesthetic is used at all stages of treatment to ensure your comfort. For most patients, the feeling of numbness usually subsides after 2-3 hours. Following the procedure, the tooth may feel a little bit tender, particularly one that has been problematic before the treatment.

Will the tooth be safe after root canal treatment?

We advise you to return to your dentist between two to six weeks after completion of the root canal to have your tooth properly restored. Usually, a crown or an onlay is recommended to protect your tooth from fracture.

As the unrestored tooth is susceptible to fracture, you should take care and avoid biting too hard on the tooth until your dentist restores it.

How much does treatment cost?

We understand that for some patients specialist endodontic treatment might cause too much financial stress, and as a result Parkhill Dental offers several 0% interest finance plans.

 

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