Consent Information- Patient Copy Root Cana Treatment 1. What is a root canal > Pain:mild, temporary pain treatment? following root canal treatment may occur due to inflammation of the Root canal treatment is the removal tissues surrounding the tooth, of infected or however severe or inflamed pulp from the inside of the persistent pain may require more roots of the tooth. treatment. Pulp is the soft tissue inside the Infection:in most cases, treatment crown and roots of will completely resolve infection teeth containing nerves and blood around a tooth, however there is vessels. Once an some risk of an infection reoccurring. infected or inflamed pulp is removed, Further treatment will be required. the tooth can Discolouration:a tooth may function normally and usually be become darker following root canal retained indefinitely. treatment. There are procedures available which may lighten the tooth 2. What happens during a root if this occurs. canal File fracture:the fine metal files treatment? used to clean tooth.Thepulp is Your dentist will take an x-ray of the removed from the crown and the tooth and the inside the root canals may break area around it. The tooth will then be during use. Further treatment may numbed (an be required. injection) with a local anaesthetic. Tooth fracture:root canal All tooth decay will be removed. The treatment may reduce the strength dentist will gain access to the pulp and durability of a tooth, making it chamber of the tooth and remove the more likely to fracture. Some pulp from the crown and roots. The fractures may require the tooth to be root canals are cleaned and extracted. This risk is reduced by completely sealed with a filling placing a strong filling or crown. material to prevent further infection. Perforation:depending on the Root canal treatment may be size and shape of the roots, there is completed over some risk of creating a hole in the severalappointments. side of a tooth root during the Following the root canal treatment, cleaning process. Further treatment the tooth will berestored with a may be needed. strong filling material or crown. Deathas a result of this procedure is very rare. 3. What are the risks and complications of a root canal 4. What are the risks and treatment? complications of alocal In most cases, root canal treatment anaesthetic during a dental is successful and the tooth will no procedure? longer cause pain. However, there is This procedure will require a local always some risk depending on the anaesthetic. condition of the tooth, the complexity Damage to lips and cheeks: you ofthe root canals and your response may bite or rub the numbed area to treatment. If thistreatment fails, without realising the damage you are the tooth may require further causing. Children may need to be treatment or extraction if it is unable supervised until the numbness has to be saved. worn off.
Failure of local anaesthetic:this Infection at site of injection: thismay require a further injection of is uncommon however can beanaesthetic or a different method of treated with antibiotics.anaesthesia to be used. Allergy to the local anaesthetic Bruising:if you take any drug used solution: is a rare complication andto thin yourblood, you are more likely medical attention should be soughtto get a bruise as thismedication immediately.may affect the way your body Notes to talk to my dentistclotsyour blood. Applying a cold pack about:to the area will help to minimise the ...........................................................bruising. ................... Nerve damage: if nerve damagehappens, it is usually temporary and …………………………………………will get better over a period of weeks ………..to months. Damage may causeweakness and/or numbness of the …………………………………………mouth, lips,tongue or face that the ………nerve goes to. Permanentnervedamage rarely happens.