Root canal treatment, also called Endodontics, is needed when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected due to tooth decay or is damaged because of an injury to your mouth. This infection may spread through the root canal system, which could eventually lead to an abscess, causing a great deal of discomfort. Some teeth may darken in colour, which indicates that the nerve is dying (or has died). A root canal would be necessary in this case.
Why is root canal treatment necessary?
There are several symptoms and signs that indicate you need a root canal treatment. It is necessary to perform a root canal if dental X-rays reveal that bacteria have destroyed the pulp inside a tooth. If the pulp is infected by bacteria, it can become inflamed, which allows the bacteria to multiply and spread.
If root canal treatment is not carried out, the tooth may need to be taken out. Our dentists can perform root canal treatment to stop the infection from spreading and will preserve as much of your tooth as possible.
What does it involve?
Using specific techniques and advanced equipment, you will receive a local anaesthetic, and the overall treatment should feel no different to having an ordinary tooth filling placed. The aim of the treatment is to remove all infections from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. A temporary filling is put in, and the tooth is left to settle.
The tooth is checked at a later visit, and when all the infection has been cleared, the tooth is permanently filled. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure, and most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits.
How do I care for my tooth afterwards?
To keep your mouth in tip-top shape, we recommend you come in for regular hygiene appointments and dental check-ups. You should take care of root-treated teeth just as you would any other tooth. You should brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste last thing at night and at least once during the day. If possible, limit sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes.
Root Canal Treatment in London
If you are anxious about any of your teeth, you should always get the advice of a dental professional. With excellent care and attention, a tooth treated with a root canal can stay healthy for the rest of your life.