Endodontic dentistry to remove infection and save natural teeth

Endodontics, also known as root canal therapy, involves the removal of infected pulp from the innermost part of the tooth. This prevents the infection from spreading and can help save a tooth that may otherwise have to be extracted.

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Why do I need root canal therapy?

The pulp inside your tooth is made up of soft tissue, including nerves and blood vessels, and extends from the crown to the tips of the root. Damage to the pulp is normally caused by decay, a deep filling or trauma to the tooth, and leads to infection forming. The symptoms can include pain, increased sensitivity to temperature, discolouration of the affected tooth, a metallic taste, gum tenderness or swelling.

Root canal therapy is needed to remove the infected pulp and restore your tooth to full function again, with no pain.

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What is involved in root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy usually requires several appointments and will depend on the type of tooth being treated. When the tooth has been prepared, it will be covered and temporarily restored until the next appointment.

The infected pulp is removed under a local anaesthetic and the root canals are flushed with an anti-bacterial solution. The canals are expertly shaped with tiny, flexible instruments and washed again to remove any debris.

The freshly cleaned root canals are then filled to seal the tooth and prevent bacteria from entering. The tooth is finally topped off with a permanent filling or crown to help restore tooth shape and functionality.

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Frequently asked questions:

  • If looked after properly, your root canal treated tooth should remain trouble-free. Treat it just like your other natural teeth, with an excellent regular brushing and flossing routine at home. You should also make sure you visit your dentist for check up appointments so they can keep an eye on your treated tooth.

  • Root canal therapy has quite an unfair reputation for being painful, with many patients anxious at the prospect of treatment. We use local anaesthetic to minimise your discomfort and ensure the area around your affected tooth is completely numb. You will likely find the procedure no more painful than having a standard filling, and feel a great sense of relief that you are no longer in pain from your infected tooth.

  • Once you have an infected tooth, the only alternative to root canal treatment is to remove the tooth itself. We view this as a last resort, as we prefer to ensure we have done all we can to save your natural tooth before resorting to extraction. Although it does relieve your pain quickly, removing a tooth has further implications, affecting the alignment of your remaining teeth, leaving your gum vulnerable. Replacing your missing tooth with a dental restoration also incurs additional costs.

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