Endodontics is the technique used to save a tooth when its internal tissue has become infected. Usually the problem arises as a result of widespread caries, but it can also be due to trauma or other advanced diseases.
This root canal treatment restores the tooth and tissue, relieves pain and restores functionality. Another alternative is to extract the tooth and replace it with an implant. However, we at the D&F Implant Centre consider it is better for your health to have root canal treatment whenever possible, and to be able to preserve the original tooth.
Our priority is always to try to preserve the tooth. Get in touch with us and leave your smile in the best of hands. Our dental clinic is located in Chiswick and we are the only Brånemark centre in London.
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When is a root canal necessary?
Dental pulp is the tissue within the tooth connecting it to the jawbone: it contains the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth and is responsible for oral perception of external stimuli, such as cold or heat.
When caries is left untreated, the infection can spread and taint the pulp, root canals and nerve endings. If this happens, root canal treatment is required to extract the damaged part. It can also be necessary if the tooth has a fracture or advanced periodontal disease.
If you experience extreme sensitivity to cold or heat in the affected area and a sharp pain, if the enamel has become discoloured or cracked and you occasionally feel feverish, it is very likely that the dental pulp has become infected and you need root canal treatment.
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment or endodontics is the process by which the pulp is extracted from the affected area to remove the microorganisms that have attacked it, to restore normal functionality to the tissue and aesthetics to the tooth.
The endodontist accesses the pulp chamber, removes the diseased tissue and cleans the inside of the tooth to the root. Once the infection has been completely eliminated, the cavity is filled with biocompatible sealants to close the ducts and prevent the infection from recurring. Finally, the tooth is reconstructed. In some cases a prosthetic restoration is necessary, especially if the infection is quite serious.
The treatment is performed under local anaesthesia, so no pain is felt during the procedure. In addition, our advanced instrumentation at the D&F accelerate the process and minimise inconvenience to the patient. The treatment success rate is over 90%. By following recommendations from the endodontist and attending regular check-ups, you can ensure recovery proceeds properly.
Why is it important to perform root canal work?
Performing root canal treatment in time can help save the tooth and improve the patient’s quality of life. If you have any questions or are concerned about the treatment, do not hesitate to discuss it with us; our team of anaesthesiologists can also use conscious sedation to make the experience easier.
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