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Root Canal Treatment

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Root canal treatment, also known as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy is a type of dental treatment in which the infected pulp of a tooth is eliminated and the tooth’s hollow roots are re-filled.

The tooth’s root is usually made up of nerve tissue, blood vessels and connective tissue. It’s very susceptible to infection if a cavity is large enough to reach it. If a large cavity forms, root canal treatment may be the only way to save the tooth from extraction.

Why should the pulp be removed?
When the tooth’s pulp is damaged or infected due to tooth decay, chips or cracks in the tooth or trauma, bacteria begins to multiply very fast in the pulp chamber. This can lead to an abscess in the tooth itself – a pocket full of pus that usually appears at the end of the root. Dental pulp infections can also lead to more problems, including:

● Bone loss at the root of the tooth
● Swelling around the tooth, neck, face and even head
● Pus drainage into the gums or cheek

A root canal treatment procedure can help patients avoid these problems altogether and in most cases, the tooth can be saved and further restored using other techniques (such as a crown or bridge). The tooth itself will maintain its full functionality after root canal treatment.

Root Canal Treatment Candidates

Root canal treatment or root canal therapy is recommended for patients with a damaged or infected tooth pulp. Using this type of endodontic therapy is better than simply extracting the tooth, since the patient’s natural teeth can be used as a foundation for other types of dental restoration (a dental crown or a bridge).

Am I Suitable for Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment or root canal therapy is not recommended in cases where the tooth is far too damaged for the treatment to be effective. In some cases, extraction may be necessary.

Preparing for Root Canal Treatment

Patients will be required to provide the dentist with X-rays, before travelling abroad for endodontic therapy. The dentist will inspect them and prepare a treatment plan based on these x-rays.

How is Root Canal Treatment Performed?

Local anaesthesia is first administered to the patient. Once it kicks in, the dentist will cover the patient’s tooth with a rubber dam in order to keep the area dry during the endodontic therapy session – this measure also helps to prevent infection.

A small hole is made at the top of the tooth, in order to reach the tooth’s pulp chamber and canals. The dental pulp is then carefully removed through the use of dentistry files. The canals and tooth chamber may also be widened in order to provide more room for the root canal filling. Once the infected tissue is removed from the tooth, the chamber and canals are filled.

The procedure is often time consuming – it takes around 3-4 hours to properly clean an infected tooth. Several sessions may be necessary for endodontic therapy.

Root Canal Treatment Summary


Local anesthetic

Minimum Stay

2 to 5 days

Duration of Operation

2 to 4 hours

Root Canal Treatment Recovery

The endodontic therapy will relieve the patient from any pain which might have been present before the procedure. During the recovery period, patients need to avoid chewing on the tooth before a permanent filling or crown is placed.

Root Canal Treatment Risks and Complications

Root canal therapy risks and complications can include:

● Reinfection of the tooth
● Nerve damage around the tooth
● Structural damage to the treated tooth

Root Canal Treatment Side Effects

Root canal treatment side effects can include one or more of the following:

● Increase in sensitivity to hot or cold
● Soreness around the tooth
● Discomfort

Root Canal Treatment Success Rates

Root canal treatment reviews set the average treatment success rate at 95%.

Before and After Root Canal Treatment

Once the root canal treatment is finished, patients can opt for a crown or a filling, depending on the remaining tooth structure. Fillings can last up to 7 years and dental crowns can last a lifetime, if properly cared for.

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Istanbul Aesthetic Center

Istanbul, Turkey
TTB - Turkish Medical Association ISO 9001:2008 - International Organization for Standardization
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Acibadem Ankara Hospital

Ankara, Turkey
4 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International ISO 9001:2000 - International Organization for Standardization TTB - Turkish Medical Association
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Dental Turism Clinic

Bucharest, Romania
FROM€ 45
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Acibadem Bodrum Hospital

Muğla, Turkey
5 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International ISO 9001:2008 - International Organization for Standardization
FROM€ 51
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Dentram Dental Clinic

Istanbul, Turkey
2 reviews
ISO 9001:2000 - International Organization for Standardization TDB - Turkish Dental Association TTB - Turkish Medical Association
FROM€ 70
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Umut Antalya Dental Clinic

Antalya, Turkey
TDB - Turkish Dental Association
FROM€ 70
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Tanfer Dental Clinic

Istanbul, Turkey
1 review
ISO 9001:2000 - International Organization for Standardization TDB - Turkish Dental Association TTB - Turkish Medical Association
FROM€ 80
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Dr. Balint Nemeth’s Dentistry

Budapest, Hungary
3 reviews
FROM€ 80
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Krakow, Poland
ISO 9001:2008 - International Organization for Standardization
FROM€ 89
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Clinica del Mare

Gdynia, Poland
FROM€ 95
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Dentineo Dental Clinic

Gdańsk, Poland
4 reviews
ICOI - International Congress of Oral Implantologists
FROM€ 96
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Dental Marmaris

Muğla, Turkey
TDB - Turkish Dental Association
FROM€ 100
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Kirici Dental Clinic

Antalya, Turkey
1 review
TDB - Turkish Dental Association TTB - Turkish Medical Association TAOMS - Turkish Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
FROM€ 100
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Oxygen Medical

Budapest, Hungary
FROM€ 100
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Estethica Atasehir

Istanbul, Turkey
20 reviews
TTB - Turkish Medical Association
FROM€ 115
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40 reviews

Root Canal Treatment Cost

Average Root Canal Treatment costs are € 133, based on Root Canal Treatment prices from 29 clinics. Cheapest Root Canal Treatment cost is € 44 where Root Canal Treatment prices can go up to € 483.

Root Canal Treatment prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Root Canal Treatment in Turkey is a popular option where Root Canal Treatment costs as low as € 44. You can also find Root Canal Treatment clinics in Poland starting from € 89. Root Canal Treatment in Hungary is another popular option where prices start from € 80.

Please note that the Root Canal Treatment prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Root Canal Treatment procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Root Canal Treatment procedures. To receive a personalized Root Canal Treatment quote, please click HERE.

Root Canal Treatment FAQ

Is root canal treatment painful?

This is a very common misconception – it’s not painful at all. Local anaesthesia is administered and patients won’t feel a thing, only mild discomfort.

Are there any alternatives to root canal treatment?

Yes, having the tooth removed is an alternative. After it is removed, a dental implant or dental bridge can be used to fill the gap.

If I am not feeling any pain, do I still need root canal treatment?

It depends on the X-rays. Sometimes the pulp too decayed for the patient to feel any pain but it can still lead to abscesses and other problems.