Endodontics, commonly known as root canal treatment, is a form of therapy in which an infected tooth is treated. It may be recommended if the pulp section (the chamber containing living tissue) is infected. Opting not to have treatment can lead to the infection spreading to the gums and surrounding bone tissue, with tooth extraction being a distinct possibility. There is also the threat of an abscess forming and this can be very painful. Root canal treatment can save the tooth and stop further spread of infection.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
This treatment is required when the part of the tooth containing the blood vessels and nerves becomes infected due to damage or decay. Treatment involves removing the decayed tissue to prevent further spread of infection via the root canals. If the treatment is not performed the infection can spread to the gums and bone tissue that support the gums, causing abscesses, pain and eventual tooth loss.
Our aim at Merrow Park Dental will be to save the tooth if at all possible and restore it using the most appropriate dental technique. Possible restorative treatments may include a tooth coloured composite resin, a crown or a bridge. If the tooth cannot be saved you may want to consider having a dental implant.
Following treatment the tooth will no longer be sensitive to pain so a regular routine dental check-up is advised to ensure there is no decay, as this may go unnoticed by a patient.
What if I don’t have Treatment?
If you don’t have treatment the only alternative is likely to be having the tooth taken out. Without treatment the infection will spread and there is a risk of damage to the gums and abscesses. We always try our best to preserve natural teeth.
Referral service at Merrow Park Dental
Our endodontic service with Merrow Park Dental is ideal for general dentists who do not have the time or the inclination to carry out this intricate treatment themselves, as well as for the more complex cases which need specialist attention.
Meet Dr Karim Jaafary
BDS, Msc (Endodontics)
Practice limited to Endodontics
Price guide for Root canal treatment
Consultation (30 min) £70
This includes a comprehensive clinical and radiological examination and results in production of a fully-costed individual plan for endodontic treatment.
Diagnostic Assessment (40-60min) £215
This includes any essential dental operation in complicated, compromised and questionable cases for the diagnosis of cracks, fractures and confirmation of quality criteria for a tooth to receive proper specialist treatment. (if tooth is eligible to receive good quality root canal treatment, the aforementioned fee is included in the overall treatment cost)
Root Canal Treatment (60-120min / single-multiple visits)
Additional fee supplement: £100-150
In cases of:
Root canal Re-treatment, post/core/crown removal, removal or bypass of fractured instruments, perforation repair, application of MTA.