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Frequently Asked Questions

No, it is not. Strong local anaesthetics are used to ensure the patient will not experience pain. Post operative discomfort or pain is expected in some cases. It usually takes 3-5 days for it to settle down. Your Endodontist will explain your own situation and what is expected when treating you.

In cases where there is infection, the root canal treatment will be carried out in 2 or 3 appointments. During the first appointment, the tooth is investigated to check if it can be restored. The canals are cleaned and dressed, which can take about 60 min. On the second appointment the canals are filled, which takes about 30-45 mins. The time-frame between the first and second appointment can range from 2 weeks to 12 weeks depending on the grade of infection. In cases where there is no infection the entire RCT procedure can be done in a single visit of 60-75 min.

In most cases after root canal treatment the patient can return to work. However, in cases of severe infection or pain, the patient is recommended to stay home and rest.

Some cases will differ which we will assess and give estimates. Complex cases of posterior teeth (Molars) will have higher fees when compared to single-rooted front teeth. In most of the cases you will need a crown restoration following the root canal treatment. The crown restoration is done by your dentist and is not included in the cost. For a rough estimate of root canal treatment please contact us.

Saliva is full of bacteria which does not belong inside the tooth. If a tooth with a previous RCT is exposed to bacteria due to a crack, a failing coronal filling or secondary caries it will fail. Bacteria entering the root canal system will break down the root canal seal and cause infection. This is when we consider re-treating the tooth.

Since there is no blood supply into your tooth antibiotics won’t reach the bacteria located inside the tooth. Antibiotics are only used in cases there is a flare up and there is systemic involvement. We use antibiotics to assist you body’s immune response. You will note the symptoms would probably resolve but the infection remains and it will just matter of time for it to flare up again.


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