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Can a general dentist fit a root canal? 5 FAQS about endodontics answered

Less than 100 years old in dental practice, root canals are now commonplace in many dental surgeries.

Used to prevent the spread of infection and restore teeth after an abscess or impact trauma, this procedure has earned itself a rather unfortunate reputation. Rumours have caused many people to fear having any type of endodontic procedure performed, with many patients preferring to have their entire tooth extracted instead. Far from aesthetic or practical if the tooth being extracted is at the front of the mouth!

So, if you are informed that you need a root canal, it is likely that you will feel a bit apprehensive.

And this is where our team at Dentist in Glasgow come in! Trained in performing painless dentistry, our dentist for Whanganui will ensure that your root canal treatment is as fast and comfortable as possible. After restoring your damaged tooth to its former glory, you will leave our surgery with an aesthetically pleasing result, which will allow you to bite and chew whichever foods you wish. Great stuff!

But what are some of the common queries that our dentist for Whanganui, New Zealand is asked concerning root canals?

Will it hurt?

In a word, no.

Our dentist for Whanganui, New Zealand will make sure that your mouth is sufficiently numbed before beginning the fitting. During the process, you may feel something similar to pressure underneath the tooth being treated, but this is normal.

Once you leave the surgery, this sensation may feel like minor bruising, but this should fade in a few days.

Can a general dentist perform it?

Our general dental team is skilled enough to perform a simple or basic root canal procedure.

However, if your roots are curved, or the procedure needs a bit more skill to fit, then we may refer you to our endodontic team.

How long will it take?

This will depend on the tooth being treated and the level of infection.

For single-rooted teeth, like incisors, you can expect a root canal to take up to an hour. If you're having a root canal performed on a molar with multiple roots, then the treatment may be spread over 2 appointments. These will usually be in the same week and in the interim, our team will fit a temporary crown or filling.

What is the chance that it will fail?

It is statistically unlikely that a root canal performed by our team at Dentist on Glasgow will fail. As the procedure has a 95% success rate, failure would most likely be due to an incorrectly filled pulp or exterior damage to the tooth.

How long does a root canal last?

If you take good care of your tooth once it has had a root canal fitted, it should last a lifetime.

If you suffer from recurrent periodontal disease or do not attend regular dental appointments or hygienist visits, then you are putting your root canal (and all of your other teeth) at risk.


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.


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