RISKS OF ENDODONTIC TREATMENT
I understand that many factors contribute to the success of root canal treatment and not all factors can be
determined in advance. Some of the factors are but are not limited to my resistance to infection, the bacteria
causing the infection, the size, shape and location of the canals. My case may be more difficult if my tooth has
blocked, curved or narrow canals.
I understand that root canal treatment may not relieve my symptoms and treatment can sometimes fail for
unexplained reasons. If treatment fails, other procedures (including retreatment or surgery) may be necessary
to retain the tooth or may have to be extracted.
I understand that during and after treatment, I may experience some pain or discomfort, swelling, bleeding
and loosening of dental restorations. I may also need antibiotics to treat any associated infections.
I understand that root canal instruments sometimes separate (break) inside the canal which may or may not
affect the prognosis. If the separated fragment cannot be retrieved, it may be sealed inside the root canal or
require additional treatment in the future.
I understand that other risks include perforation by the instrument, sinus perforation and/or nerve
I understand local anesthetic will be given. Some discomfort following treatment may develop from the
injection area and from opening my mouth during treatment. On rare occasions, paresthesia of the nerve may
I understand that once root canal treatment is completed, I must have a permanent restoration placed by my
regular dentist within a few weeks. If I fail to have the tooth restored, I risk a failure of the root canal treatment,
decay, infection, tooth fracture and/or loss of the tooth.
ALTERNATIVES TO ENDODONTIC TREATMENT
Depending on my diagnosis, there may be alternatives to root canal treatment that involve other types of
dental care. I understand the most common alternatives to root canal treatment are:
I may choose to have this tooth removed. The extracted tooth usually requires replacement by
artificial tooth by means of a fixed bridge, dental implant, or removable partial denture.
No treatment. I may choose to not have any treatment performed at all. If I choose no treatment, my condition
may worsen and I may risk serious personal injury. Including severe pain, localized severe pain, localized
infections, loss of this tooth and possible other teeth, severe swelling, and/or severe infection that may spread
to other areas and could be potentially fatal.
I acknowledge that I have provided an accurate medical history, will follow treatment recommendations and
have had the opportunity to ask questions about these risks in continuing with root canal treatment.
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