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Endo is the Greek word for ‘inside’ and ‘odont’ is the Greek for tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp.

The pulp contains all the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues that keep your tooth healthy and functioning.

Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. Signs of pulp damage include pain, sensitivity to heat or cold, discolouration of the tooth, swelling or tenderness. However sometimes there may be no symptoms.

Our clinicians Dr Adrian Stewart and Dr Andrew Wallace have trained extensively and are experienced in diagnosing and treating tooth pain and performing root canal treatment. The procedure involves removal of the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleaning, disinfecting and sealing the inside of the root, therefore preventing the need for tooth removal. Afterward, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection and will continue to function like any other tooth.

With the use of modern techniques, root canal therapy involves little or no discomfort. At Marlborough Clinic Belfast we have a microscope that greatly enhances our clinicians ability to view the tiniest detail inside a patient’s tooth, useful for both diagnosis and treatment.

Further supported by an onsite CBCT scanner, with an endodontic mode, offering an extremely high resolution, optimal for capturing even the smallest details, this mode enables precise diagnosis and treatment planning for our clinicians performing endodontic treatments.

Occasionally a tooth cannot be saved. Endodontic treatment can be performed only if the root canals are accessible and can be adequately cleaned and sealed. The tooth must also have sufficient bone support. Our clinicians will discuss the treatment options for your tooth. The endodontic procedure will be explained together with the costs for the treatment.

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  • Assessment £150
  • RCT Incisor £600
  • RCT Canine £600
  • RCT Premolar £650
  • RCT Molar £700
  • Surgical Endodontics £600-£700
  • Re-RCT Treatment £100
  • Core £100

How many appointments are necessary for root canal treatment?

Sometimes root canal treatment is completed in one appointment but usually two or three visits may be necessary.

How long will the tooth last following root canal treatment?

With proper restoration and care of your tooth it may last a lifetime after root canal treatment. Proper dental care includes regular brushing and flossing, proper diet and periodic dental check-ups.

Does endodontic therapy hurt?

With the use of modern techniques, root canal therapy typically involves little or no discomfort. Often there is pain before treatment and endodontic therapy provides relief.

Will there be pain after procedure?

Cleaning the root canals may cause some slight tenderness but usually over-the-counter pain killers alleviate the discomfort. If pain persists or if you experience severe pain, please call the clinic for further advice.

How much does endodontic treatment cost?

The expense of an endodontic procedure varies depending on how severe the problem is and the type of tooth. Molars with two or three canals are more difficult to treat and the fee will therefore be more. Endodontic treatment is usually more economical in the long term than any other alternative treatment.

What are the alternatives to endodontic treatment?

The alternative to endodontic treatment is extraction of the tooth. Loss of a tooth could create a functional problem such as chewing or an aesthetic problem. Restoring the lost tooth may involve the provision of a prosthetic replacement such as a denture, bridge or a dental implant the costs of which are variable.

Can all teeth be treated endodontically?

Occasionally a tooth cannot be saved. Endodontic treatment can be performed only if the root canals are accessible and can be adequately cleaned and sealed. The tooth must also have sufficient bone support. We only carry out treatment where we can give a good long term outlook.

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