Endodontics - Root Canal Treatments

Root Canal Treatment

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Root canal treatment may be necessary if a patient's tooth/teeth become decayed or if an injury has occurred. In such cases the tooth pulp usually becomes damaged, which can often result in a lack of blood to the area and, in turn, infection and tooth pain. Root canal treatment is essential to prevent infection from spreading, consequently saving the need for tooth extraction.

The specialist area of root canal treatment is referred to as endodontics and in complex cases the patient may be referred to an expert endodontist.  Also known as root filling treatment, this can be a lengthy procedure dependent on each patient's circumstances.

Each of our emergency dental clinics can provide root canal treatment to patients.

What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is usually spread over two or more stages.

To start with, an anaesthetic is issued to the patient to ease any anxiety and to make the treatment as pain-free and comfortable as possible.  The tooth is then isolated through the use of a rubber dam. This is used for sterilisation purposes and to ensure no more bacteria can enter into the infected tooth.

Next, we use high-tech equipment in the form of a flexible titanium rotary file to shape the canals. Titanium is noted to be of a good biocompatible level with humans, and this material also minimises the risk of infection or possible fractures to the teeth during treatment. 24 hour emergency dentists use ultra-modern apex locators to identify the exact length of the canal; they also use modern microscopic equipment to ensure the canals are perfectly shaped. The dentist will then disinfect the tooth with powerful disinfectant to ensure sanitation, further reducing any chance of infection.

Finally, the root canal filling material, known as gutta percha, is used to fill the root canal. This enables the tooth to remain healthy after treatment is completed.

Pain may be felt at the end of the procedure, however strong painkillers can ease this and the pain will only be temporary.

Root Canal Treatment Cost

Your emergency dentist will be able to provide you with details concerning the cost of root canal treatment. The cost will depend on the complexity of each patient's case and the number of root canals required.

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