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What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment, or endodontic treatment, is the only means of saving a tooth in which the nerves and blood vessels within the tooth have been damaged or have died. The damage may have been caused by deep decay, a crack or trauma. If the tooth is not treated an abscess or infection may ensue, which can be painful and debilitating.

Why has your dentist referred you?

To give you the most accurate diagnosis and best treatment and therefore the best chance of keeping your tooth. Root canal treatment (and especially re-treatment) can be a complex and demanding procedure. We are now using an operating microscope, which is the latest technology to illuminate and magnify the working field. The use of the microscope considerably enhances and simplifies the treatment. Your dentist has decided that it is in your best interest to have your endodontic treatment carried out by an expert who has the particular expertise an equipment to carry out these procedures.

How is the treatment carried out?

The purpose of the treatment is to remove the bacteria and the infected contents of the root canals and to disinfect the inside of the tooth. Once this has been completed and the tooth is free of infection, the root canals are filled and a temporary dressing is placed over the root fillings. Your dentist then completes the restoration of the tooth.

What if the treatment is not carried out? Are there any alternatives?

You may risk losing the tooth and have more discomfort.

Alternatively the tooth can be extracted and replaced with a bridge or implant depending on many factors such as clinical, financial and emotive. Even though you may not have any symptoms at the time, failure to eradicate infection may lead to sudden formation of a painful abscess and/or spread of the infection which may be more difficult to treat and take longer to heal.

Is treatment painful?

No, because local anaesthetic is used during all part of the treatment. You may wish to take pain killers once the anaesthetic has worn off.

If you have any anxiety about treatment, sedation is available, but charged for separately. It is completely safe and the effects are totally reversible after treatment. If you need to have treatment carried out under intravenous (i.v) sedation this can be arranged with the help of our visiting anaesthetist who specialises in dental sedation.

What is the likelihood of success? Will I need any more treatment after RCT?

Root canal treatment and re-treatment have a high success rate. With the use of a high-powered magnification and other modern techniques, our treatments are very predictable. It should however be remembered 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.

It is essential that you return to your dentist so that the tooth can be properly restored. Care must be taken not to fracture the tooth meantime.

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