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Root Canal FAQ

 What is a Root Canal Treatment?

The purpose of the treatment is to remove the bacteria and the infected contents of the root canals and to disinfect the inside of the tooth. Once this has been completed and the tooth is free of infection, the root canals are filled. Your dentist then completes the restoration of the tooth.

Why has your dentist referred you?
To give you the most accurate diagnosis and best treatment and therefore the best chance of saving your tooth. Root canal treatment (and especially re-treatment) is a complex procedure. Your dentist has decided that it is in your best interest to have your endodontic treatment carried out by a specialist endodontist who has the expertise and equipment to carry out these procedures.

What if treatment is not carried out?
If Pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

Is treatment painful?
Local anaesthetic is used at every stage of the procedure to ensure your comfort. If you are very nervous we can arrange for our sedation partners to administer conscious sedation ( charged for separately) so you are unaware of the entire procedure.

Following treatment, the tooth may feel a little tender for a few days, but this can be normally controlled with anti-inflammatory medication.

How long does treatment take?
This will depend on the complexity of the root canals and any problems that are encountered. To achieve success it is important that the procedure is not rushed. The first appointment normally would between 1 and 2 hours. Often it is possible to complete treatment in one visit. If needed, a second visit will be booked. Re-treatment cases may take a little longer than first time treatments.

What is the likelihood of success?
Endodontic therapy when done properly and under ideal circumstances has a very high degree of success.  However, every case is different and we will discuss with you the chances of success for your tooth, before endodontic procedure is started to help you make an informed decision.
It is impossible to guarantee the success of any medical procedure. Even with the best treatment, healing may not occur due to circumstances beyond the control of the dentist. Should this occur, further steps may be required to deal with the infection.

What happens after root canal treatment?
It is important that you return to your dentist for the permanent restoration. The restoration of the tooth is an important part of treatment because it seals the cleaned and filled canals from the oral environment, protects the tooth and restores it to function.

Do I need a referral from a general dentist?
No, you can contact us directly. You will probably need a consultation appointment first to discuss your problem.

I am very nervous about the treatment 
Local anaesthetic is used at every stage of the procedure to ensure your comfort. Today, getting root canal treatment is often no more uncomfortable than having a filling.

We offer a sedation service for patients who find treatment difficult to cope with. If necessary, we can organise for a visiting anaesthetist to come to the practice. You will need to organise for someone to accompany you home afterwards.


How much does treatment cost?

    • Initial Consultation (deducted from treatment fee) £95
    • Investigation (to establish if the tooth can be saved)£250
    • Incisor and Canine 1 Visit £650
    • Incisor and Canine 2 Visits £700
    • Premolar 1 Visit £700
    • Premolar 2 Visits £750
    • Molar 1 Visit £795
    • Molar 2 Visits £895

All fees include necessary X-rays and 6 month review where required. Treatment carried out by Endodontic Specialist Dr Daiva.

Ask about payment plan options for treatments over £250.


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