INFORMED CONSENT FOR ENDODONTIC (ROOT CANAL) THERAPY
Root canal treatment works by removing bacteria from the hollow space inside the tooth, and by sealing off the inside of the tooth to prevent re-infection. Although root canal therapy has a very high success rate, it is a biological procedure and cannot be guaranteed. Occasionally, a tooth which has had root canal treatment may require retreatment, additional surgery, or extraction.
I understand the possible risks of root canal therapy, although rare, do exist. They include (but are not limited to) pain, infection, swelling, fever, changes in occlusion (bite), temporal mandibular (jaw) joint pain, and difficulty opening and closing. I understand the alternatives to root canal treatment are extraction of the involved tooth or postponement of root canal therapy.
I realize that postponement of treatment may result in future loss of the tooth.
I understand the possible complications of root canal therapy, although rare, do exist. They include (but are not limited to) instrument breakage in the root canal, inability to negotiate canals due to prior treatment or calcification, perforation to the outside of the tooth, irreparable damage to the existing crown or restoration, and cracking or fracturing of the root or crown of the tooth.