Our primary concern is to provide the best possible long-term solution for your teeth and overall health.
To reach this goal, our team of specialists will thoroughly discuss the diagnostic findings before we decide whether your teeth can be preserved using the latest techniques of root canal treatment or should be replaced by implants.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Root Canal treatment?
Root canal treatment (endodontics) is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the centre of a tooth. It is not painful and can save a tooth that might otherwise have to be removed completely.
Why is it needed?
The infection at the centre of a tooth (the root canal) is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth. This can happen after: tooth decay, leaky fillings or damage to teeth as a result of trauma, such as a fall.
What are the symptoms?
Eventual symptoms can include pain when biting or chewing returning, swelling of the gum near the affected tooth, pus oozing from the affected tooth, facial swelling or the tooth becoming a darker colour.
Will I lose my tooth?
With modern endodontic treatment, it is possible to save a tooth in which the nerve, commonly referred to as the pulp, is diseased, e.g. by infection or inflammation due to tooth decay. By means of microscopic root canal treatment even a tooth whose nerve is irreversibly damaged can be preserved and the bone can return to normal.
Teeth may have one to three roots with complex anatomy and canals, which contain the pulp. Some of these canals are as thin as a hair. For root canal treatment to be successful it is important to detect and treat all root canals. This is not possible with conventional and quick root canal procedure.
What is the treatment like?
The procedure should be painless and no more unpleasant than having a filling. To treat the infection in the root canal, the bacteria needs to be removed from the root canal system.
How successful is the treatment?
One of the most revolutionary developments in the field of endodontics is the operating microscope, which provides extreme magnification. This makes it possible to identify and treat even minute structures and problem areas. Thus, pain can be minimized and excellent long-term results achieved. Conventional root canal treatment is successful in 50 to 60 percent of cases. By comparison, the success rate of microscopic root canal treatment (performed with the help of an operating microscope) is more than 90 percent.
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