1. What are the benefits of endodontic treatment?
This treatment can save teeth that would otherwise have to be extracted. Teeth treated in this way can basically be regarded as healthy teeth with a few minor considerations.
2. What alternatives are there to endodontic treatment?
The only alternative is to extract the tooth altogether. However, this may in turn cause problems such as tooth migration, bone loss, changes in occlusal position, cosmetic problems or more complex prosthetic solutions.
3. Are all teeth suitable for endodontic treatment?
A few cases are unsuitable for endodontic treatment – such as cases where there is no access to the root canal, where the root canal condition does not allow for thorough cleaning and filling, or a tooth is not considered salvageable owing to additional problems like periodontitis or extensive destruction or decay.
4. Is endodontic treatment painful?
Treatment takes place under local anaesthetic and is typically completely pain-free.
5. Does pain occur after treatment?
The process of cleaning and filling the root canals may cause irritation in the surrounding tissue for one or two days after treatment, leading to sensitivity particularly in biting down. However, ordinary painkillers are generally sufficient to manage the pain.
6. How many treatments are necessary?
If the tooth is still alive at the time of treatment, one appointment is generally enough. However, two or three appointments may be needed depending on the extent of infection.
7. How long does the treatment take?
The first treatment generally takes one hour for a front tooth and around one and a half to two hours for side teeth. Further treatment sessions take around one hour.
8. Are further appointments necessary after conclusion of the treatment?
After root canal treatment your dentist will generally seal the tooth with a full or partial crown. The tooth should be examined after around six months by us or by your own dentist.
9. Does the tooth discolour after root canal treatment?
This is no longer the case with modern treatment methods, since causes of discoloration (e.g. residual tissue) are completely removed under the microscop
10. What does root canal treatment cost?
Costs of treatment depend on the number of canals in the tooth, on whether multiple treatments are necessary and whether the patient seeks initial treatment or retreatment. For more precise information, we advise patients to arrange a brief consultation or submit X-rays.
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