Here are the most common questions about endodontic treatment with answers from Imperial Dent specialists.
- When do I need a channel treatment?
Each case is individual and only the dentist can give a concrete answer after a consultation. Fortunately, at Imperial Dent, you can get a free consultation. The most common cases that could qualify you as a candidate for endodontic treatment are:
– a deep cavity that extends to the nerve;
– pulsating or growing teeth pain, often with relief at cold or in certain positions (sign of dental pulp infection).
- Is pain after the endodontic treatment normal?
Pain after endodontic treatment may be of two types: immediate and delayed. An immediate discomfort is an absolutely normal phenomenon, it can manifest itself as a feeling of sensitivity or, rarely, as an acute pain. Sensitivity can last for a few days or even two to three weeks, the most important thing is its evolution (pain must gradually diminish and not get worse at night). Tardive pain may sign a new outbreak of infection and often requires an X-ray to clarify the situation.
- •How long does an endodontic treatment last?
Typically, a classic endodontic treatment lasts for an hour or two, but sometimes some additional sessions are required to completely clean the channels. Also, some individual details related to the shape of the roots can prolong the session.
- How much does an endodontic treatment cost?
A universal price doesn’t exist because each case is individual and the cost of any dental procedure depends on the time, materials and effort required for it. What can be safely asserted is that an endodontic treatment started promptly and performed qualitatively, costs cheaper than a delayed one (and also has quicker, better and more sustainable effects).
- What happens to the tooth after the endodontic treatment?
Normally, the tooth is filled with a dental crown or an obturation, similar to the natural tooth both in colour and functionality. Obviously, a nerve-free tooth can be more fragile, but the effects are much better than in the case of definitive extraction. Any possible colour change can be corrected, and frequent visits to the dentist will ensure a lasting life for the tooth undergoing endodontic treatment.