Endodontics deals with problems in the tooth pulp/nerve. Nerve damage can be caused by a number of factors including decay, trauma and even repeated irritation. If the nerve/blood supply of the tooth is damaged the tooth may throb, become sensitive to temperature extremes and even cause infection in the jawbone, which could lead to an abscess. Traditionally, this type of tooth damage meant complete removal of the affected tooth but advances in dental technology now means the problem can be treated with a root canal procedure.
At Dental Sense we have invested heavily in endodontic materials and equipment, which means we are able, achieve predictable and successful results with the greatest efficiency.
What’s more new anesthetic techniques (wand anaesthesia) and the use of the revolutionary Endox help us carry out this whole process very nearly painlessly.
Why save the tooth?
Most people prefer to keep their own teeth because they are stronger, more efficient at biting and chewing than an artificial tooth. Having a tooth removed can also result in negative effects both short and long term these include but are not limited to drifting/tilting/over eruption, increased risk of decay and gum disease of adjacent teeth not to mention detrimental effect on appearance in the anterior region.
What does the procedure involve?
The procedure involves several stages:
Stage 1: Draining – The infection. This is done on the first visit to relieve any pain you may be getting, medication is also placed inside the tooth.
Stage 2: Cleaning The root canal system with accurate instruments and antibacterial chemicals, with the help of x-ray images. This stage may take more than one visit if the tooth is heavily infected.
Stage 3a: Sealing The root canal system.
Stage 3b: Restoring the tooth.
Crown / Cap or Filling
RCT teeth are often heavily broken down thus your dentist may advise a crown as a long term restoration rather than a filling. As a crown will protect the tooth from breaking, stops bacteria re-entering, restore shape, function and appearance. (LINK -read more crowns)
Will it hurt?
When patient’s first attend they are often in pain, Stage1 (draining the infection) will relieve this pain. Discomfort may arise from keeping the mouth open for long periods of time. Some people experience tenderness after the treatment, this is temporary and is relieved with mild painkillers. However at no point during the procedure should pain be felt (contrary to stories you may have heard)
How much will it cost and how long will it take?
Cost and time is dependant on the tooth, the number of root canals to be cleaned and other clinical variables. As each tooth is so variable a personalised quotation will be given following assessment.
What are the risks?
- Re-infection of the tooth once treatment is completed
- Prolonged infection during treatment
- Discolouration of the tooth
- Instrument separation during treatment
- Fracture/chipping of the tooth (not a risk if a crown/cap is placed)
- A complicated root system e.g. blocked canals, curved roots, split roots, additional canal systems.