March 2nd, 2018
Are you in pain? If you’ve got toothache and the pain has become more severe or it’s come on very suddenly, don’t suffer in silence. Severe dental pain can make life a misery, but it can also be a sign of an underlying issue that requires immediate treatment, such as an infection. If your tooth is decayed or infected, we may recommend endodontic treatment. This field of dentistry is concerned with the dental pulp, the living tissue of the tooth. If the pulp becomes infected, root canal treatment may be recommended. This procedure can help to alleviate pain, and prevent infection from spreading. In many cases, it is used as an alternative to extracting the tooth.
What does root canal treatment involve?
Root canal treatment is a procedure that is designed to remove infected pulp tissue in a bid to protect the tooth from harmful bacteria, which can spread to the tooth roots. The root canals are cleaned and cleared, damaged pulp tissue is removed and the root canals are sealed to form a protective barrier. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic to prevent pain, and it’s common to strengthen the tooth with a crown afterwards.
Root canal treatment is a procedure many patients dread because its reputation precedes it. However, this is actually a very effective and relatively straightforward dental treatment, which can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth and ensure that you feel more comfortable. We understand that most people are apprehensive about undergoing dental treatment, but we can assure you that you’ll be in safe hands with our expert dentists.
If you’re suffering with dental pain or you’ve started to experience bouts of severe discomfort, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’ll do our best to have you smiling again as quickly as possible.
May 20th, 2016
Root canal treatment is carried out when the network of nerves and blood vessels, known as the pulp, become damaged. Tooth pulp infection may occur due to tooth decay, a dental abscess or an oral injury where a tooth is damaged. In such cases, root canal treatment may be necessary to remove the decayed pulp tissue, seal the inner tooth and restore the tooth structure to good health.
Root canal surgery is used to clear oral infection, prevent tooth loss and protect the body from infection. Incessant toothache is a sign that dental pulp infection may be present.
In some cases, the tooth may be so damaged that tooth extraction is necessary. Patients then have a range of choices to replace the missing tooth, such as a crown, bridge or dental implants.
Root canal treatment procedures
Initially, an oral examination is done with dental X-rays or imaging to identify the extent of dental damage and oral infection. During the operation, patients are given a local anaesthetic for pain-free treatment.
Surgical instruments are used to remove infected tooth pulp from the root canal and tooth. A special dental fluid is then used to wash the root canal and tooth out, removing all tissue and debris so that the site is clean and ready to be sealed. Dental filler is used to seal the treated tooth before a tooth restoration, such as a dental filling or crown, is fitted.
The ‘root’ to recovery
For a week after treatment, patients should avoid biting on the site. Initially, painkillers may be used to treat any discomfort. Once the tooth is restored with a permanent dental restoration, there should be no pain. Teeth cleaning and dental check-ups should continue as normal. If you think you would like a check-up for oral infection please contact the team at the 24-Hour Emergency Dentist in the city of London.