Root Canal Treatment

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What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is carried out to remove any infection or pain within a tooth.

During a root canal procedure, the irritated nerve within the core of the tooth is removed, the inside disinfected, and finally the centre of it filled to reduce the chances of bacteria regrowing inside the tooth.

Why choose to have a root canal treatment?

The purpose of a root canal treatment in Didcot is to allow you to eat all the foods that you like comfortably or smile confidently without having to worry about painful or missing teeth. 

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to experience tooth ache, which can make sleeping, eating and living your day-to-day life difficult. All teeth have a nerve and blood supply within the centre and this can become irritated due to various reasons such as decay or trauma.

Benefits of root canal treatment

Retain your natural teeth
Remove pain
Maintain the jaw bone
Painless procedure
Prevent infection of adjacent teeth

Frequently asked questions about Root Canal Treatment in Didcot

How long does a root canal treatment take?

Generally, root canal treatments can be completed over 2 appointments each of them about an hour long. Depending on the complexity of the tooth, your dentist will make you aware of time frames. Root canal treatment is a highly skilful procedure that cannot be done by any dental professional to a high standard, that is why we have an expert dentist in root canal treatments at the clinic who has done advanced training and performs all treatments under high magnification. This ensures the best possible result for all patients.

Does root canal treatment hurt?

At Didcot Dental Studio one of our key values is that dental treatment should be painless. Therefore, we will provide local anaesthetic which has been warmed to body temperature so that you do not feel any discomfort during the appointment. Once the tooth is anaesthetised, you can relax back and listen to some music on your headphones and wait for the procedure to come to an end.

The few days following the appointment there may be a low level of discomfort, for which we would recommend taking over the counter pain killers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, if necessary. However, the discomfort will still be a vast improvement compared to the pain previously caused by the dental infection.

What are alternative options to root canal treatment?

The only other option is to remove the tooth.

As the average life expectancy of human beings increases, so too have the number of patients seeking replacement of teeth due to difficulty chewing foods, smiling, and speaking comfortably in social situations. Thus, it is always our recommendation to save your own teeth and preserve them for as long as possible

There are options for replacing missing teeth and this includes: implants, bridges or dentures.

How long does my tooth last after root canal treatment?

There is a very high chance that you will be able to keep the tooth for many years and decades after the procedure. However, this does depend on a variety of factors such as if the tooth has a crown placed immediately afterwards, regular brushing, flossing, hygienist and dental check-up visits. Majority of teeth that have had root canal treatments will need a crown or onlay placed on top to reinforce the tooth and stop it from breaking or getting reinfected. Your dentist will discuss this with you in detail prior to root canal treatment being performed.

Can root canal treatment fail, and if so why?

Research, studies and literature all show that root canal treatment can have over a 90% success rate. That does mean that almost 10% of root canal treatments can fail.

At Didcot Dental Studio we have created a state-of-the-art dental practice equipped with the latest technology and all our dentists are highly trained to ensure that the treatment is executed to the best standard possible. Thus, the chance of failure is low.

However, there are multiple reasons why a root canal treatment can fail some of which include:

  • The final restoration of the top of the tooth is not carried out immediately after completion of the root canal treatment
  • Curved roots or nerves which are very small and difficult to locate
  • Inadequate tooth brushing, flossing or hygienist visits
Can I have a re-root canal treatment?

Re-root canal treatment could be necessary if the initial root canal procedure fails. Signs may include pain or swelling in the area.

This may become obvious soon after the procedure, or many years afterwards.

Generally, Re-root canal treatment has a lower success rate on the second attempt. However, if there is an obvious reason for the initial failure that can be rectified during the re-root canal treatment the tooth can last for many years afterwards.

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