Root Canal Therapy
Root canal treatment (also known as Endodontics) is needed when the pulp (nerve and blood supply) inside your tooth becomes stressed and the tissues die, either through decay or damage by injury to your mouth. This results in infection which spreads through the pulp, leading to an abscess.
There are only 2 options for treatment:
- Root canal therapy
Treatment is under local anaesthetic and the procedure should feel no different to an ordinary filling.
Decay is removed, and the channel where the pulp tissue was housed is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Once we are sure that the internal walls of the tooth are back to healthy tissue the canal is dried and a root filling placed. Usually the aim is to carry out the procedure in one visit, but should there be persistent infection then an antiseptic medicament is placed and a second visit required.
POST-OPERATIVELY – remember that effectively this is a micro-surgical procedure and the area can become sore. It is anticipated that there will be some pain and biting and some discomfort for 24 hours after treatment. This should be manageable with an anti-inflammatory painkiller such as ibuprofen or paracetamol if you are unable to take ibuprofen. In a small number of cases discomfort persists. After 3 days, you should seek advice from the surgery – always feel free to telephone us – Dental@155 01332 209647
Once the root filling has settled and the infection is cleared the permanent restoration will be placed in the tooth.
It is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Whilst we carry out straightforward root treatment here at Dental@155, if there are any anticipated complications we would recommend referring you to a specialist who is experienced in more difficult root treatments and uses advanced equipment.
If you have an infected tooth call us today and rest assured you are in good hands, call our Front Desk Team
Contact us now Dental@155 or call 01332 209647.