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Informed Consent for Endodontic Treatment

The goal of root canal treatment is to save a tooth that might otherwise require extraction. Although root canal treatment has a very high success rate, as with all the medical and dental procedures, It is a procedure whose results cannot be guaranteed. Root canal treatment is performed to correct an apparent problem. This procedure will not prevent future tooth decay, tooth fracture, or gum disease. Occasionally, a tooth that has had a root canal treatment may require treatment, endodontic surgery, or tooth extraction.
  • Increased risk of complications if delayed
  • infection and/ or abscess
  • Pain and/ or swelling
  • Need for immediate emergency treatment if symptoms worsen
  • instrument separation in the canal
  • perforations (extra openings) of the canal with instruments
  • Blocked root canals that cannot be ideally completed
  • incomplete healing
  • Post-operative infection requiring additional treatment or the use of antibiotics
  • Tooth and/ or root fracture that may require extraction
  • Fracture, chipping, or loosening of existing tooth or crown
  • Post-treatment discomfort
  • Temporary or permanent numbness
  • Change in the bite or Jaw joint difficulty
  • Medical problems may occur, If I do not have the root canal completed
  • Reactions to anesthetics, chemicals or medication