Will I have to be referred elsewhere?
No. We are privileged to have some exceptionally skilled clinicians and root canal treatment is a routine dental procedure within our Dudley practice.
Is root canal therapy successful?
Well-controlled clinical studies report success rates of around 90 per cent for first time root treatments. Success rates tumble to about 80 per cent if the tooth has already been root canal treated.
What if infection reoccurs?
It is rare for root-filled teeth to become re-infected. However, if the infection does come back, the root canal therapy can sometimes be repeated. Our clinical team at North Street Dental and Implant Clinic would be happy to advise of other options if a repeat therapy was not possible.
If I don’t have the root fillings treatment?
The alternative is to have the tooth extracted. Once the pulp – the substance made up of living connective tissue that nourish the tooth – is destroyed, it cannot heal and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth.
Implant, bridgework and denture restoration can be considered to replace the missing tooth.
Wherever possible we will always attempt to salvage natural teeth, but in compromised cases our dentists may recommend the more clinically preferred and better long-term financial option of an implant replacement.
How do I care for root canal fillings?
Teeth with root fillings should be looked after in exactly the same as any other teeth, with a regular regime of brushing and flossing punctuated with check-ups at our practice in Dudley.