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Root canal...NHS vs PRIVATE

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Loubylou79 Tue 17-Sep-19 18:26:47

Can anyone tell me the benefits of going private for a root canal procedure? I haven’t been filled with confidence with my recent NHS treatment and now I’m being told I need 2 x 2 hour appointments for the root canal. I heard that they may have more advanced equipment so it is quicker? I know it’s very pricey but it might be an option I would consider

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RunsForGummyBears Tue 17-Sep-19 18:34:55

All of my NHS root canals have been retreated. (I know treatment is not guaranteed, but they all failed pretty quickly and have been fine for years after the rereatment). I don't think they are as thorough as private dentists and they didn't use a dental dam (don't know what kind of difference this made), and the imaging equipment my private dentist has is better.

If you can afford it, go private. I wish I had.

Judystilldreamsofhorses Tue 17-Sep-19 21:41:58

I had a year of dental misery caused by teeth clenching, and had one root canal done by my own NHS dentist, and another done by a private root canal specialist endodontist. Both teeth were molars. The top tooth had really twisted roots, and my own dentist was happy to do it, but thought it might be quite tricky, and better done by the specialist - I was happy to be guided by her.

Both were done using a dental dam. The dental dam is a silicon sheet thing which basically isolates the tooth and stops it getting contaminated during the process. If either dentist hadn’t used one, I would have stopped the treatment!

The endodontist had a microscope, and mainly does root canals day to day, so was better equipped to deal with a complex tooth than a general dentist who does all sorts - although my own dentist is fantastic and I am 100% confident in her.

My own dentist did it in one appointment, the endodontist did two appointments (I think each was an hour and 45 minutes) then a final check about six weeks later, then my own dentist crowned the tooth.

I paid about £90 for my own dentist (Scotland) and the guts of £1000 for the endodontist.

If I had to do it again, I honestly wouldn’t see the benefit in seeing a general dentist privately - although I appreciate I am very lucky to have an excellent NHS dentist. I wouldn’t hesitate to see a specialist dentist privately if my own dentist recommended it though. She referred me to someone - which meant it all moved very quickly - and I was reassured that it was a person she trusted and rated.

Judystilldreamsofhorses Tue 17-Sep-19 21:44:46

Oh! The other big benefit to the private surgery was they had much better opening times. I teach so it is awkward to get time off for appointments, but they were open after working hours, and a Saturday, unlike my own dentist which shuts at 5. They also had a v fancy surgery, and a telly in the roof above the chair.

Kilash Wed 18-Sep-19 14:43:50

Althouhg pricey, the benefit of going to a private endodeonist is that they are specialists who do root canals day in and day out so hopefully have a higher sucess rate. Mine took 2 appointments, not quite 2 hrs each but pretty close to that

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