Most people will have heard of root canal treatment but few know what it is! Often when people hear the words ‘root canal treatment’ they instantly freeze with fear as they associate it with unnecessary pain and expense. But root canal treatment (endodontics) is a vital treatment which can save your tooth and save you from a lot of toothache in the future! Our emphasis at Smile Essential dental practice in Leicester is to save teeth and to help you to keep your teeth for life.
Why would I need a root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment (also called Endodontics) is needed when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected through tooth decay or damaged by an injury to your mouth. This infection may spread through the root canal system, which could eventually lead to an abscess, causing a great deal of discomfort.
What doe’s root canal treatment involve?
Treatment involves the removal of the pulp tissues from the centre of your tooth and refilling it with a special material. Special tools and equipment are required to do this. Treatment is usually completed over 2-3 appointments.
Can I have the tooth removed instead of having root canal treatment?
The loss of even one tooth can have a detrimental effect on your mouth and can lead to your other teeth drifting into the gap, which can cause problems with your bite.
Does root canal treatment hurt?
Root canal treatment procedures are relatively comfortable and often painless as the tooth is anaesthetised during treatment. After treatment, the tooth may be sensitive or tender for a few days due to inflammation of the surrounding tissues. Taking over-the-counter painkillers can relieve this discomfort.
How long is the treatment to have root canal work done?
The treatment is usually carried over 2-3 appointments and can take between 1.5 and 2 hours.
How much does root canal treatment cost?
Our root canal treatment at our Leicester clinic costs from £315. There are other cost considerations you will need to account for such as X-rays, a filling and the future cost of a crown.
Your dentist will provide you with an estimate of costs and a breakdown of the treatment and payments required.
Does root canal treatment always work?
The success rates for root canal treatment is in the region of 80%- 95%. The success depends on firstly being able to access the canals and secondly on the ability to disinfect the entire length of the root canals. In some cases, this is not possible due to the extent of the infection, technical difficulties and complications. Provided the tooth is subsequently restored, it should last for many years.
What will my tooth look like after the root canal treatment?
Sometimes a root-filled tooth may darken, particularly if it died as a result of an injury such as a knock to the tooth. At Smile essential we usually place a tooth coloured to seal the tooth and shape it so it looks like the natural anatomy of a tooth.
How long will my tooth last after having root canal treatment?
Root-filled teeth are more likely to break than healthy unrestored teeth, so your dentist may suggest placing a crown onto the tooth to protect it once the root canal work has completely settled down – usually 6-12 months.
Around 9 out of 10 root-treated teeth survive for 8 to 10 years. Having a crown fitted to the tooth after root canal treatment is important for improving tooth survival rates.
Find out more about the root canal treatment we offer at our Leicester dental practice…