Early intervention is the key.
Why do I need a Root Canal Treatment (RCT)?
The initial cause which leads to root canal treatment can be tooth decay or trauma to the tooth, which results in irritation of the tooth’s pulp. When a tooth’s pulp becomes irritated and infected, the swelling that results can cause pain. The condition may lead to an abscess and eventual destruction of the bone surrounding the tooth.
Root Canal Treatment Involves:
- Removal of infected or diseased nerve from the tooth.
First, we’ll administer and anesthetic to relieve any discomfort during treatment. The tooth may be isolated with a rubber dam to protect the surrounding area from bacterial infection or chemical agents.
- Cleaning and shaping of root canals
Filling the root canals with a special root canal filling. This treatment requires several visits and it is important to keep these appointments to minimise the risk of future complications.
Restoration of a Root Canal Treated Tooth (separate cost from RCT)
Restoration may involve either:
- A Filling
- A post-core, followed by a filling
- A post-core followed by a crown
As these teeth may become more brittle and prone to fracture- it is advisable to have root treated teeth capped (crowned).
Possible Outcome following Root Canal Treatment
Over 90% of Root canal treated teeth experience no problems thereafter. However, rare complications do occur, and various methods are available to manage these. Some problems may include:
- Brittleness, Weakness
- Re-Infection, pain or discomfort
Rarely, a painful tooth may require re-treatment or surgery by an endodontic (specialist). If all else fails the tooth may require removal, as a last resort.
However, every effort is made to save the tooth and ensure that you are comfortable and pain free. Please feel free to ask me about any concerns you have about the treatment.