Endodontic / Root Canal Treatments
It is with no doubt that we all dread undergoing Root Canal Treatment - taking the nerve out of the tooth), however, should a Root Canal Treatment be necessary, Dr Shibata is able to complete the treatment in different visits depending on each case and utilise his ceiling mounted dental microscope for quality treatment.
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of
the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury.
Why is root canal treatment needed?
If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the
tooth. This may eventually lead to an abscess.
If root canal treatment (RCT) is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.
Does it hurt?
No. A local anaesthetic is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling
What does it involve?
The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then
cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection.
Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two visits.
At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. Any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A medicated paste will be placed into the canal is left to settle for at least 2 weeks to 3 months.
The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled and reinforced with a crown.
What will my tooth look like after treatment?
In the past, a root filled tooth would often darken after treatment. However, with modern
techniques this does not usually happen. The treated tooth will look no different to the
Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back the
treatment can be repeated.
Is it expensive?
Root canal treatment fees can vary depending on how many canals there are, if there are any
calcified canals and so on. At Shibata Dental we are more than happy to give you a copy of
the treatment plan with estimated fees. If for any reason the treatment is required to
change during the procedure, Dr Shibata will inform you verbally.
What if I don't have the treatment?
The alternative is to have the tooth extracted. Once the pulp is necrotic, it cannot heal and it
is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth.
Although some patients would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.
Will the tooth be safe after treatment?
Yes. However, it is better to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and
strength to the tooth.
Where can this treatment be carried out?
Root canal treatment is a routine dental procedure, which Dr Shibata will be happy to do for
you. In some cases, you may be required to see the specialist Endodontist for a second
opinion or treatment.