Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Endodontics/Root Canal treatment?
A: Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the nerve or blood supply of the tooth (known as the dental pulp) is affected by decay or injury to the tooth.
Q: Why do I need to see an Endodontist?
A: Root canal treatment is often carried out by general dentists, however in some cases, your dentist will refer you to a specialist endodontist when the diagnosis and treatment is more complex, and a further level of expertise and specialized equipment is required.
Q: What is an Endodontist?
A: An Endodontist is a specialist dentist, who, after qualifying and practicing as a dentist has undertaken a further 3 years at university to study the specialty of Endodontics. Endodontists restrict their practice to this specialty exclusively which makes them well placed to address the many and varied aspects of routine and complex endodontic issues.
Q: What can I expect at my first appointment?
A: Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation where your diagnosis and treatment options are explained. On occasions, and if appropriate, treatment can be started at this appointment. For this to occur, we would need to have satisfactory information beforehand and to have set aside adequate time.
Q: How many appointments will I need?
A: In the majority of cases treatment will be completed over two to three appointments, which may vary in duration of between 45min – 105min depending upon the procedure.
Q: Will I feel pain during or following treatment?
A: With modern techniques and advances in local anaesthesia, the vast majority of patients report that they are completely comfortable and pain free throughout treatment. You may experience some discomfort or sensitivity for a short time after the treatment. If this does occur, it is usually well managed with over the counter analgesics.
Q: How much will it cost?
A: Costs will vary and will depend on which tooth is being treated. Generally, treatment on back teeth is more complex and time consuming and hence more expensive than treatment on front teeth. The Endodontist will speak to you at your first appointment regarding the expected cost of your treatment. Please follow this link to review our Fee Policy.
Q: How successful is treatment?
A: A number of factors determine whether the treatment of your tooth will be successful. Our expectation is that of the cases we treat, there will be a successful outcome more than 90% of the time.
Q: Do I need further treatment on my root filled tooth?
A: After the root canal treatment is completed you will need to return to your referring dentist so any temporary filling can be replaced with a permanent restoration. This will involve additional costs to you, so please factor this into your decision as to whether you wish to proceed with endodontic treatment.
Q: Can my tooth be saved with endodontic treatment?
A: Your endodontist will discuss with you, a realistic expectation of future success. In some cases, after careful consideration your endodontist may recommend extraction of a tooth. In such cases you will be referred back to either your referring dentist or a specialist in the relevant area to manage extraction of the tooth and, if appropriate, its replacement.
If you have any questions or queries about any aspect of your treatment, please do not hesitate to contact us.