What is it Root Canal Therapy?

Root Canal Therapy is a treatment performed to save a tooth that has been badly damaged due to decay, disease or injury.

Can I just fill my tooth?

No you can not simply fill a tooth with an abscess as you are just masking the cause of the problem, the infected canal must be treated first before a filling may be placed, if this is not done further Pain and swelling will occur.

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What Causes Root Canal Therapy?

Infection or inflammation of the pulp can be caused by:

  • Breakdown of a filling or crown
  • A deep cavity
  • Trauma
  • Gum disease
  • Crack or chip in tooth
  • Extreme wear

What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?

Your Dentist or Endodontist will examine the tooth and take an xray. A sheet of latex called rubber Dam will be used to isolate the tooth to keep it clean and dry during treatment.

To access each canal and reach the tooth the dentist will use a special instrument called a file.

Each canal is cleaned and shaped, antibacterial medicine will be placed in each canal to help stop the infection, if a severe abscess has formed at the root tip oral antibiotics may also be given.

A temporary filling will be placed in between appointments.

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How Many Appointments Will It Take?

If the tooth is responding well you can expect approximately 3 to 4 visits to complete Root Canal Therapy.

Multiple appointments may sometimes be needed for larger infection.

How Long Does It Take?

Each appointment will take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour and the treatment will continue for approximately 6-8 weeks, Appointments are generally spaced 2 weeks apart.

How Much Will It Cost?

Your Dentist will advise you of the cost depending on how many canals your tooth has, for example a Molar tooth will have more canals than a premolar. Root Canal Treatment is usually less expensive than extraction and replacement of the tooth.

It is always recommended to save an maintain your natural tooth where possible.

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Page Author: Dr Sheetal Patel

Principal Dentist

Dr Sheetal Patel has been working at Caring Dental team and servicing the local community since 2009. In 2017, she has taken over the practice as the principal dentist from Dr Allan Taw.

Dr Sheetal Patel is well-known for her gentle and caring approach. Dr Patel has over 10 years’ experience in all aspects of general dentistry.

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