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Root Canal Treatment – Frequently Asked Questions

Is a root filling painful?

Q. I have heard that having a root filling procedure can be painful. Is this true?

A. In the vast majority of cases having a root filling procedure is not painful at all. At Space Healthcare we have the very latest state-of-the-art technology to painlessly and effectively numb your tooth.  Once your  tooth has been numbed using a dental anaesthetic you will feel no pain.

Why do I need my root filled tooth crowned?

Q. I have been told that I need a crown after having my tooth root filled. Why is this?

A. Your tooth is more likely to fracture compared to a tooth which has not been root filled. The reason for this is that a lot of the internal supporting dentine has been removed to allow the root filling to be placed. Research shows that this makes the tooth more susceptible to a potentially serious fracture under biting pressure – and that may mean the end of the road for a tooth you’ve already invested time and effort into saving.

Putting a crown on your tooth is one way for us to protect the tooth from fracture.

What are my options if my root filled tooth is infected?

Q. I’ve been told by my dentist that a tooth I had root filled a few years ago is infected. What are my options?

A. Every individual case is unique but in general terms you need to consider:

  • The tooth probably has a poorer long term outcome due to the failure of the existing root filling.
  • Attempts at redoing the treatment can be successful but the success rate is lower than if the tooth was being root filled for the first time.

Depending on your tooth’s particular problem, we would offer the following options:

  • to have the root filling replaced, possibly by a specialist endodontist
  • to have the tooth extracted and then to think about possible replacements such as a dental implant or bridge.

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