Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury. The Dental Implant Centre have the latest dental technology, high quality equipment to perform the root canal treatment/ surgery.

Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment prevents the need for extraction and saves natural tooth. Root canal treatment is performed when there is dental infection / Adscess / Cracked teeth / Mis-aligned teeth.

Root Canal Treatment Procedure

The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve one or more visits to your dentist. At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. Any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle. The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.

Are there any risks involved?

Potential risks during treatment can include Root canal perforations, fractured instruments, irritation at the apex of the tooth from filing instruments and dis-infected solutions. However, here at Nuffield Dental Clinic we use state of the art modern equipment and our experienced dentists to reduce the risks.

Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back the treatment can be repeated. Surgery can be performed on a failed and unsuccessful root canal treatment and the surgeries include,
Apicoetomy (Root resection, retrograde preparation and retrograde filling)

Repair of root perforation or resorptive defect

Retrieval of extruded root filling material or broken instruments

Root amputation of a diseased or cracked root on a multi-rooted tooth

Hemisection on a multi-rooted tooth to remove the diseased or cracked root and associated part of crown.

In the past, a root filled tooth would often darken after treatment. However, with modern techniques this does not usually happen. If there is any discolouration, there are several treatments available to restore the natural appearance.

Is root canal treatment Medisave Accredited?

Root canal treatment is not Medisave Accredited, however if there is surgery involved it is Medisave Accredited.