Root canal/endodontic treatment is the best means of saving a tooth in which the nerves and blood vessels within the tooth have been damaged or have died through infection. The damage may have been caused by deep decay, a crack or trauma to the tooth.
The aim of the treatment is to remove bacteria and the infected contents of the root canals to allow thorough internal cleaning. Once achieved the root canals are filled and sealed.
No. To ensure your comfort throughout the procedure local anaesthetic is used to numb the tooth. Following treatment the tooth may feel tender for a few days. This can normally be relieved with painkillers. How long does the treatment take?
This will vary with the complexity of the case and any problems that may be encountered. To achieve success it is important that the procedure is not rushed. For a back tooth a 90-120 minute appointment is usually required. A second visit may be needed depending on the complexity of your tooth or degree of infection. Sometimes treatment can be completed in a single visit.
With the use of modern techniques and a microscope root canal treatment and retreatment have a very high success rate. However, 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 be the case further treatment may be required to eradicate the infection.
Treatment may weaken the tooth and it is essential that you return to your dentist so that the tooth can be properly restored and protected to prevent fracture. For a back tooth where appropriate a crown is often necessary. Your treatment will be followed and reviewed on a regular basis to monitor healing of the tooth.
If root canal treatment is not carried out the tooth can be extracted to eliminate the infection and prevent abscess and pain. You may discuss potential replacement options with your
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