ROOT CANAL TREATMENT

Root canal treatment (also called Endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is damaged or infected through decay or injury. Why not contact us today to see how we can help.

FAQs

Why is root canal treatment needed?
If the pulp becomes damaged or infected, it may eventually lead to an abscess. If root canal treatment (RCT) is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.

Does it hurt?
No. A local anaesthesia is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done.

What does it involve?
The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. The treatment may involve more than one visit.

What will my tooth look like after treatment?
In the past, a root filled tooth would often darken after treatment. However, with modern techniques this does not usually happen. If there is any discolouration, there are several treatments available to restore the natural appearance. For any back teeth which must withstand chewing forces, it is highly recommended to have a crown or onlay placed after a root canal treatment to prevent the tooth from fracturing.

What if it happens again?
Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back the treatment can be repeated. This retreatment is usually carried out by a specialist.

What if I don’t have the treatment?
The alternative is to have the tooth out. Once the pulp is destroyed, it can’t heal and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.

Will the tooth be safe after treatment?
Yes. However, it is better to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.

Where can this treatment be carried out?
Root canal treatment is a routine dental procedure, which your dentist will be happy to do for you. For difficult cases you may be referred to a Specialist Endodontist.

Does root canal treatment work?
Root canal treatments have a fairly high success rate. However, there is a risk that root canal treatment may fail. It is unpredictable as to whether or not the treatment will be a success, but on average, studies show success rates of about 80-85%. If you would like the success rate to be increased to up to 95%, you can be referred to a specialist for the treatment to be carried out.

What about aftercare?
Root-treated teeth should be treated just the same as any other tooth. Remember to clean your teeth at least once a day, preferably with a fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on sugary snacks, and keep them only to mealtimes if possible. See your dentist for regular check-ups.

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