What is endodontics?
Inside every tooth is a nerve. If decay reaches this or if a tooth cracks the nerve can die and become infected. This can lead to a painful abscess formation in the bone around the roots. Root canal treatment is the cleaning of these tiny hollow canals to remove infection before sealing them with a special filling material.
Is it painful?
No, with modern anaesthetics and care endodontics is a pain free procedure. We take care to ensure your treatment is a comfortable experience.
Will it take a long time?
Root canal treatment is a complex procedure for the dentist and requires time to undertake it carefully. Usually two visits are required and you may like to bring an ipod along with you to help you feel relaxed during your treatment.
What happens following root canal treatment?
A tooth without a nerve becomes more brittle and back teeth require special protection to prevent them cracking. The biting surface can be covered with an onlay or crown to protect against this.
Is extraction better?
No, saving a natural tooth, if possible is always the best option. Part of the initial consultation appointment is to decide whether endodontics is the most appropriate treatment for the tooth. If the tooth has a poor long-term prognosis because of a crack or extensive fillings then extraction and replacement may be advised. The space may be left or replaced with a removable partial denture, a fixed bridge or a dental implant. Each tooth needs careful evaluation and then a joint decision made as to the best long-term treatment option.
Why have I been referred to a specialist endodontist?
Your general dentist may carry out root canal treatment in straightforward cases and usually in anterior teeth where the canals tend to be easier to access. In complex cases general dentists prefer to refer to a specialist who has undertaken many years of post graduate education to develop the special skills and techniques necessary to successfully complete root canal treatment.
The endodontists at Carisbrooke use specially designed microscopes during treatment. This allows them to complete the fine detail involved during the procedure.
How much will it cost?
Charges are based on the time taken to complete the treatment. This varies greatly depending on the condition of individual teeth.