Frequently asked questions about root canals

Have you been told by your dentist that you require root canal treatment? In this month’s blog we aim to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about root canal treatment.

What is root canal treatment?root canal treatment

Root canal treatment is required when the pulp of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. If left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess. During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterward, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.

Is root canal treatment painful?

Root canal treatment will relieve pain, not cause it. Treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic so will be no more painful than a standard filling. Root canal experts are specialists in pain management and most cases can be treated quickly and comfortably.

How long will it take to complete my root canal treatment?

It will depend on your individual case, but most root canal treatment is completed in one- or two-hour long visits.

If the tooth isn’t bothering me, why do I need a root canal?why do I need a root canal

Just because your tooth no longer hurts, it does not mean that it is not infected. Some patients may never experience pain with an infected tooth. In fact, root canal infection is often discovered through routine x-rays and/or dental examinations. The tooth may have a chronic infection that the body has accommodated enough to not have gone beyond your pain threshold.

What are the alternatives to root canal treatment?

The tooth will remain infected until you have root canal treatment, or the tooth is extracted. If not treated the infection will spread, and an abscess will form. This could mean that you will end up losing the teeth either side of the infected tooth as well.

What happens after root canal treatment?

Once your root canal treatment has been completed, we will send a report of your treatment to your dentist. You will need to attend your regular dentist for a crown to be fitted to strengthen and protect your tooth.How much does root canal treatment cost

How much does root canal treatment cost?

Saving your tooth through root canal treatment is less expensive and less invasive than an extraction and replacement with a bridge or implant.

If your dentist advises you that you need a root canal treatment, do not fear. If you are referred to Kent Endo you can be safe in the knowledge that you will always receive the highest possible level of care, in a relaxed and calm environment. If you have any concerns or queries do not hesitate to ask one of team on 01622 225555.