If the core of the tooth, made up of nerves and blood vessels, is damaged by (e.g.) advanced caries, root canal treatment is needed to save the tooth. Without root canal treatment, an infection in the tooth would sooner or later result in toothache. In the worst case, the tooth would have to be extracted. An untreated infection in a tooth is also a general health risk.

With proper treatment, 80%–95% of teeth requiring root canal treatment can be saved. Sometimes it might also be necessary to repeat an already completed root canal treatment.
Root canal treatment may require several visits to the dentist, although sometimes just one treatment session is enough. Once the root canal treatment has been done, your dentist will protect the tooth with a filling or a dental crown.

How is root canal treatment done?

Root canal treatment is essentially a procedure where the damaged tooth core is emptied, disinfected and refilled. In the Tullinsuu and Uusisuu clinics, root canal treatments are carried out by general dentists that may, in certain cases, refer patients to a root canal treatment specialist – an endodontist. The reception of the endodontist takes place in the Tullinsuu clinic.

In the procedure, an operating microscope is used by the endodontist. Local anaesthesia is given, making sure the procedure is painless. In addition to local anaesthesia, sedation or general anaesthesia can be used on patients suffering from dental anxiety.

How much does root canal treatment cost?

Root canal treatment by a specialist dentist costs an average of €500–€800, part of which is reimbursed by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland, Kela. However, due to its complexity, the exact cost of the treatment can be determined only at the time of the initial investigation. Please consult your specialist dentist for an accurate cost estimate. It pays to take good care of your teeth – dental health is an important part of your health!