This is also known as endodontic treatment. This is indicated when a cavity on a tooth is too deep to be fixed by doing a dental filling. It is usually when the cavity has gone too close to the nerve of the tooth. This normally results in pain and discomfort being felt from the tooth.
It can also be required when a tooth has been traumatized (i.e. a sports injury or a fall).
Root canal treatment at Ashford is done using state of the art equipment and single use materials to ensure
The process of root canal treatment often causes some anxiety to those who need it. But rest assured, at Ashford it is an entirely smooth and pain free process.
The process essentially consists of 3 stages:
This is where the infection and inflamed tissue is removed from the inside of the tooth. This is done while the tooth is completely aneasthatized so you do not feel a thing!
A soothing medicament is placed inside the tooth which promotes the healing process.
If the tooth was painful, after this stage the pain relieves immediately.
Every tooth may have a different number of roots. For example front teeth generally have one single root. Premolars might have one or 2 and molars may have up to 5 different roots.
The 2nd stage involves using specialised instruments to irrigate, cleanse and shape all the canals in the affected tooth. It is carried out quickly, efficiently and completely painlessly.
This involves filling (or obturating) all the canals completely so they are air-tight. This essentialy means that bacteria cannot enter them anymore. At this stage, the tooth is completely sterile.
This is also a very succinct process which is completely pain free. This completes the root canal treatment process.
At this stage, our Doctors will advise you whether a crown is needed to further protect the tooth, or whether that is unnecessary and you can use it to bite and chew normally without a crown.
Not at all. Root canal treatment is always done under local anaesthetic so you will not feel a thing. It is a comfortable and pain free process.
It is generally not recommended for root canal treatment to be completed in 1 visit. This is because the tooth does need a little bit of time to heal with the medication inside it before the root canal treatment can be completed.
Most root canal treatments are completed within 2 visits. Some more complicated ones can require 3 visits. Each visit can be a week apart or 2 weeks apart or even a few days apart. It completely depends on your convenience. However, we generally recommend that the duration of root canal treatment does not exceed 1 month otherwise new bacteria can ingress into the tooth causing further infection.
Yes, it does. Studies indicate that root canal treatment done under the right conditions and to a satisfactory standard carries a 98% success rate.
Root canal treatment involves removing the pulp and infected tissues from the inside of your tooth and the roots. This tends to make the tooth more brittle and prone to fracture. In order to avoid this, we do recommend a crown (or full coverage cap) is done on completion of your root canal treatment.
However, you do not have to do this immediately. It can be delayed as long as you are aware that the tooth may be in a weakened state and avoid putting too much pressure on it.
Root Canal Treatment is not Medisave claimable.
The cost of Root Canal treatment ranges depending on if it’s a front or back tooth. Back teeth (molars) are slightly costlier than front teeth (incisors or canines) because they will have more roots to clean & disinfect, thus the procedure takes longer.
Ashford also has flexible interest free, in house installment plans available. Our patients enjoy specifically tailored financial plans to suit you and make you comfortable.