+   Who performs Endodontic treatment?

All dentists, including your general dentist, received some training in Endodontics while in dental school. Often general dentists refer patients needing root canal treatment to Endodontists.

+   What is an "Endodontist"?

Endodontists are dentists who specialize in root canal treatment (Endodontics). After finishing their basic dental degree (B.D.S), Endodontists spend three more years studying Endodontic procedures (root canal treatment) in greater detail. At the end of three years they are awarded a masters degree (M.D.S) which enables them to teach and practice Endodontics. Because they are specially trained to handle complex Endodontic procedures, many dentists refer their root canal cases to an Endodontist..

+   Is root canal treatment very painful?

No. Root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it. The perception of root canals being painful began decades ago. But with the latest technologies and anesthetics, root canal treatment today is no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed.

+   How many sittings does it take to complete a root canal?

Most root canals can be treated in a single sitting in our clinic. The procedure normally takes about 90 minutes. If a root canal is badly infected, or presents procedural difficulties, then it may require a second sitting.

+   Will it pain after the root canal procedure is done?

You will experience mild discomfort in the tooth for a few days and will not be able to use that tooth for chewing. The pain felt is usually very mild and is easily controlled by the medication prescribed for you.

+   Is there any other alternative to root canal treatment?

Once a tooth has reached a stage where root canal treatment is necessary, a simple filling will not help. The only other alternative is extraction (removal) of the tooth.

+   Isn’t extraction (removal of the tooth) a better option?

No. Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the best option. Once a tooth is removed, it has to be replaced. For a fixed replacement, the alternatives are a bridge or an implant. Placement of a bridge or an implant will require significantly more time in treatment and may result in further procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues.

Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. An artificial tooth can result in you having to avoid certain foods. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain a well-balanced diet.

+  Is root canal treatment very expensive?

Root canal treatment is much more economical than placing a bridge or an implant. The cost for a root canal treatment in our clinic is one-tenth of what it would cost in the United States or Europe. However, lower costs do not mean Inferior treatment. We import the best material available worldwide. The quality of Endodontics that a patient receives in our clinic is comparable to any top Endodontic clinic in any developed nation.

+    What is the success rate of root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment has a success rate of about 96% which is excellent for any medical procedure today.

+   Can you give a guarantee that the root canal treatment will succeed?

It is impossible to offer a 100% guarantee for a procedure done on the human body. We do not offer any guarantee. However, with careful case selection, the potential for failure is extremely low.

+   What do you do if the root canal treatment fails?

If the root canal fails, we try and find out why the failure has occurred and try to correct it if possible. If repeated re-treatment too doesn’t succeed, we may have to extract the tooth.

+   Can the eye get infected if the root canal treatment fails?

No. Nothing happens to the eye or the ear from a root canal treatment.

+   Will I be able to drive myself home after the treatment?

Yes, you will be able to drive back home. Root canal treatment will not cause any drowsiness or loss of coordination.

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