Root Canal Therapy (RCT) is a procedure to save your tooth by treating the nerve of the tooth (pulp). A root canal can save teeth that may otherwise require extraction (removal). Root canal therapy is an elective procedure and there are alternatives. Although Root Canal Therapy has a high success rate, success cannot be guaranteed. It is the opinion of the dentist that the treatment will be helpful and that your condition may worsen without treatment.
I understand that i may need multiple appointments to complete the RCT and restore the tooth. The initial therapy, (pupal debridement) may relieve many of my symptoms, but is only the the first step in treating the tooth and that Division Family Dental may not be able to provide services beyond the initial therapy.
I have been informed that i require Root Canal Therapy (RCT) and that there are risks to the recommended treatment which include (But are not limited to) the following:
I understand that many of these complications may require extraction of the tooth if other treatments are not available.
The tooth will require a long-term restoration to protect the RCT and restore function. This may involve a filling, post, build up, and/or crown depending on the clinical status of the tooth.
I am also aware that i may have continuing temporary symptoms throughout and following treatment, such as pain, swelling, infection, drainage, fever and numbness.
Successful completion of RCT does not prevent future decay or fracture of the tooth.
I agree to contact the clinic if I have excessive pain or swelling or have follow up questions or concerns. Failure to do so may result in loss of the tooth, bone destruction and/or local systemic infection.
The Risks and benefits of Root Canal Therapy and of alternative treatments have been explained to me. Root canal Therapy is my treatment of choice after discussing treatment options with the doctor.