Root Canal Treatment – Endodontics

Overview of root canal treatment:

Root canal work involves removing the infected pulp and filling the root canals. The root canals are extremely small and are rarely straight. The treatment usually takes two or more visits and is performed under Local Anaesthetic.  All the infected pulp is removed, the canals are cleaned with strong antiseptics and then sealed.  Sometimes, this first filling is temporary, and the canals are filled permanently once the area has settled down. If the tooth is left weakened, a crown may be recommended to strengthen it.

Advanced Root Canal Treatment is available at Russell Street Dental Clinic 

Dr Asmaa Almaliky based at Russell Street  has an additional Endodontic  qualification –  a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Endodontics (Sept 2018) and is available Monday to Thursday during clinic opening hours for private root canal appointments.

Costs are:

Root Canal Treatments

(includes all xrays and single use instruments)

Front tooth  (incisor) Per tooth         225.00
Front tooth (canine) Per tooth         245.00
Side tooth (premolar) Per tooth         295.00
Back tooth (molar) Per tooth         375.00
Emergency root canal dressing Per tooth           85.00

To find out more about Root Canal Treatment please read this information feature written by the British Oral Health Foundation http://www.dentalhealth.org

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment (also called ‘endodontics’) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (called the ‘pulp’) is infected through decay or injury. You may not feel any pain in the early stages of the infection. In some cases your tooth could darken in colour, which may mean that the nerve of the tooth has died (or is dying). This would need root canal treatment.

Why is root canal treatment needed?

If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. This may eventually lead to an abscess. An abscess is an inflamed area in which pus collects and can cause swelling of the tissues around the tooth. The symptoms of an abscess can range from a dull ache to severe pain, and the tooth may be tender when you bite. If root canal treatment is not done, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.

Does root canal treatment hurt?

No. Usually, a local anaesthetic is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done. There may be some tenderness afterwards but this should gradually get less over time.

What does it involve?

The aim of the treatment is to remove all the 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. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist.

At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed and any abscesses can be drained. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle.

The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.

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 that will restore the natural appearance.

What if it happens again?

Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back, the treatment can sometimes be repeated.

What if I don’t have the treatment?

The alternative is to have the tooth extracted. Once the pulp is destroyed it cannot heal, and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth.  Although some people would prefer to have the tooth out, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.

Will the tooth be safe after treatment?

Yes. However, because a ‘dead’ tooth is more brittle, you may need to have a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.

How do I care for my tooth afterwards?

Root-treated teeth should be looked after just the same as any other tooth. Remember to clean your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on sugary foods and drinks, and have them only at mealtimes if possible. See your dental team as often as they recommend for regular check-ups.

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