Specialist Endodontics in Leicester

with Mr Naveen Karir (Endodontic Specialist)
Root canal treatment (dental nerve treatment) is undertaken to treat or prevent an infection occurring inside the tooth.

Why do I need root canal treatment?

The dental pulp (tooth “nerve”) can become inflamed or infected for a variety of reasons such as:  
  • – extensive decay in a tooth
  • – leaky fillings or crown
  • – repeated replacement of fillings
  • – extensive gum disease and its treatment
  • – tooth injuries/trauma
  • – tooth that has developed a crack
Root canal treatment aims to reduce pain and treat infection so that you can prolong the life of your tooth and improve the comfort of your mouth. The process involves removing the painful/infected pulp tissue, disinfection of the root canals and finally to seal the root canal system to prevent reinfection. Occasionally, a healthy tooth may need root canal treatment to enable a crown to be retained (referred to as ‘elective root canal treatment’).

What could happen if I do not have treatment?

A dental pulp (tooth “nerve”) which has become infected will cause an infection in the tissues around the tooth which could result in pain, sensitivity and an abscess (acute infection) which is likely to affect your wellbeing and quality of life. In a small number of cases the infection from a tooth can spread into your bloodstream (septicaemia) and could potentially make you very poorly.

Will I experience pain?

Treatment with Mr Naveen Karir is focused on giving you the best possible outcome in the most comfortable way. The vast majority of Root Canal treatment are carried out with very little, if any discomfort. Often our patients fall asleep during their treatment as they are so relaxed and are so thankful that it was not like the horror stories that their friends/colleagues had described!

What is involved in root canal treatment?

The treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic to ensure you are comfortable and will follow these steps:   1 – Placement of ‘Rubber Dam’ (an isolation technique) that enables the tooth to be kept dry and prevents it from becoming infected from your saliva. 2 – Entry to the centre of the tooth (root canals) by making a small hole through the tooth, filling or crown 3 – Using specialised instruments to prepare the root canals for disinfection. 4 – Taking x-ray images to check the length of the root canals and the quality of root filling. 5 – Use of disinfectants to wash the root canals. 6 – Dressing of the tooth temporarily between appointments. 7 – Placement of a root filling material to prevent the root canals from becoming re-infected.   Once your root canal treatment is complete, your tooth may be susceptible to chipping or fracture as the blood supply to the tooth is removed, which would normally supply vital nutrients to the tooth structure. As such you should see your normal dentist to strengthen the tooth with a definitive restoration.

How long does the treatment usually take?

Root canal treatment typically takes 2 visits (but can be more for certain teeth) and the appointment length is 60-90 minutes. Every effort will be made to ensure that your treatment is comfortable and tailored to your needs.

How successful is the treatment?

Fortunately, Root canal treatment can often help to prolong the life of your tooth and can be as high as 90%. As part of your initial consultation Mr Naveen Karir will thoroughly assess your tooth and your mouth to help you make an informed decision about your treatment. He will give you an expert opinion as to how successful your treatment is likely to be based on the best available scientific evidence and will discuss any alternative treatment options to give you the confidence that you are making the right choice for you.

I have been referred for Root Canal Treatment – What should I expect?

We are proud to work in partnership with local dentists who refer specialist treatment to Mr Naveen Karir. Our appointments team will contact you to arrange a suitable consultation visit where your mouth will be examined and your treatment journey will be agreed with you. Once your journey is complete a report will be sent back to your dentist (and copied to you) to inform them that you are ready to return to them for definitive restoration of the tooth.

How much will the treatment cost?

  Additional fees may apply depending on the treatment complexity involved.
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