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Root Canals (Endodontics)

Endodontics

Root Canal (Endodontic) Treatment

Root canal treatment is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple endodontic treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent dental implants or bridge insertion procedures.

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What is a root canal?

A root canal is a treatment to repair the interior of a tooth in aid to save it. It is also referred to as endodontic therapy (or treatment) and sometimes called root canal therapy?

Pulp is at the centre of your tooth and is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures.

Symptoms that may indicate that you require root canal treatment

Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

Root canal treatment procedure

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed, and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits, depending on the treatment required.

What percentage of root canal therapies are successful?

A root canal treatment is generally safe and effective. Success for this type of treatment occurs in more than 90-95% of cases.

However, if your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavourable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment.

What kind of pain relief is used for root canal treatment?

We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, some of us may provide nitrous oxide analgesia if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your regular routine.

What happens after endodontic treatment?

We will consult with you on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.

How much will a root canal cost?

The cost associated with this procedure can vary, depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.

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