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Stop Infection in its Tracks with Root Canal Treatment!

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.

White Fillings Work Wonders!

Our white fillings promise to banish decay and strengthen teeth while preserving the natural beauty of your smile. We are proud to be a mercury-free practice, so if you’re sick of showing metal fillings when you smile or laugh or you have signs of dental decay, we can replace your old metal fillings and fit new white fillings.

What are white fillings?

White fillings are made from a combination of resins and dental composite, matching the shade of your tooth. There are lots of different shades of composite available and your dentist will select the match closest to your tooth. White fillings not only blend in with the natural shade of the tooth for ultimate discretion, they also provide a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative to mercury amalgam fillings.

Why would I need a filling?

Fillings are generally used to treat decayed teeth when a cavity has formed. Filling the tooth makes it stronger and helps to protect it from injury and damage. The procedure to fill a tooth also helps to reduce the spread of bacteria through the tooth, which reduces the risk of severe infection.

 What happens during the filling procedure?

Having a filling is nothing to worry about. The procedure is usually complete within an hour and it is carried out under local anaesthetic so that you don’t feel any pain. Before the composite is placed inside the tooth, the cavity is cleaned completely and any traces of decayed tissue are removed. Bonding material is then placed inside the cavity and the composite is moulded to fit the hole. It is then set using a curing light and trimmed to make sure of a perfect fit.

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