Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury. All our teeth are filled with soft tissue, called the tooth’s pulp. When this pulp becomes damaged or diseased it needs to be removed to prevent infection, damage to the tooth and unnecessary pain. Our treatment painlessly removes this pulp, before we clean, shape and fill the resulting cavity.
This is a painfree treatment with our skills clinicians who will calmly walk you through the process. The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist.
At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. Any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle. The tooth is checked at a second visit usually a few weeks later and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled to prevent it returning. Once the root canal treatment is completed we usually restore the actual tooth to seal it completely using fillings or crowns.
Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back the root canal treatment can be repeated.
The alternative is to have the tooth extracted. Once the nerve dies it can’t heal, and, it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually advised to keep as many natural teeth as possible.
Yes. However, it is better to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.
Our calm and caring team are trained and fully equipped with specialist technology to save your tooth.
Root-treated teeth should be treated just the same as any other tooth. Remember to clean your teeth at least twice a day, preferably with a fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on sugary snacks and keep them only to mealtimes if possible. See your dentist for regular check-ups.
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