What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment (endodontics) is a treatment used to remove infection from a tooth that has had decay or injury. An infected tooth can cause toothache and dental abscesses. Root canal treatment cleans and shapes the inside of the root canal of the tooth – the space where the nerve and blood supply of the tooth are found – once all signs of infection are removed the tooth can be permanently filled.

How successful is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is usually very successful. At Crown Bank Dental we have access to high-tech, modern equipment for root canal procedures that can make the procedure quicker, more comfortable and provide good chances of success. Root canal treatment can make teeth more brittle and we recommend you have a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.

How long does the procedure take?

Root canal treatment usually takes between two and three visits to ensure that the tooth is ready to be filled. Your dentist will not place the permanent filling until the tooth is symptom free and there are no obvious signs of infection. If there are still signs of infection, your dentist may shape and clean the tooth again to give you the best chances of success.

What are the alternative options?

If root canal treatment is not successful or you choose not to have root canal treatment the alternative option is to have the tooth removed. You can choose to have a space where the tooth has been removed or you can replace it with a denture, bridge or dental implant. Your dentist will assess the space and give you an idea of the best options for you. Once a tooth has become infected, it is not recommended to leave it in the mouth without any treatment as it may cause pain and dental abscesses.

How much does root canal treatment cost?

The cost for root canal treatment depends upon the number of teeth requiring the procedure, the complexity of the root canal treatment and the technology and materials used for the procedure. Please see our price list for further information.