To root canal treat or extract?
14 Sep 2017

To root canal treat or extract?

When do you

14 Sep 2017

When do you have to decide?

When the nerve in your tooth starts to die off , pain symptoms and ultimately an absess occurs. If this happens you’re only left with two options for your tooth. Extraction or Root canal treatment.



Extraction is removal of the whole tooth. It can usually be completed in one sitting under local anesthetic by your dentist. The negative is that you inevitably lose your tooth and are therefore left with a gap.


Root Canal Treatment

Only option if you want to save your tooth and the nerve has died off or become infected.


What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is the procedure that cleans out the infected or necrotic nerve tissue from the inside of the tooth. The inside of the tooth ( root canals) are then fully cleaned and disinfected before being filled and sealed to prevent infection reoccurring. The filling material used is gutta-percha. It is recommended to get a crown post root canal treatment on a molar tooth to increase the longevity and prevent fracture.


Who carries out root canal treatments?

If it is a straightforward treatment in an anterior tooth (tooth nearer the front of the mouth) most general dentists are more then competent to complete this treatment. If it is a complicated root canal treatment or a molar tooth that needs root canal the prognosis for the tooth is better if the treatment is completed by a endodontist. All root canal treatment can be completed in the surgery under local anesthetic. Sedation is also available for nervous patients.


What is an endodontist?

An endodontist is someone who has undergone specialist training to a high standard in root canal treatment on top of their general dentistry degree.


Our Endodontist

We would like to welcome Dr Geraldine Murray to our practice having undergone further studies in London in endodontics. Geraldine has settled well into the team and can complete root canals along side our anesthetist service if sedation is needed.

If you are interested in root canal treatment please call 01 206 4218 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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