Dental Treatments - Root Canal Treatment
Endodontic treatment, also known as root canal treatment, is a means of saving a tooth that may be damaged by fracture, infection or decay.
The purpose is to restore the tooth and surrounding tissues to health and function whilst relieving any dental pain which may be present. Without Endodontic treatment, the only other alternative is to have the infected tooth removed and replaced with either an implant, bridge or removable denture. Retaining your natural tooth is generally accepted as being the best treatment outcome if achievable.
When endodontic treatment is carried out in appropriate cases and to a high standard very high success rates can be achieved. It is also a more cost-effective way to treat damaged teeth compared to extraction and placement of an implant or bridge.
The procedure involves gently removing the diseased pulp tissue and infection from the root canals, which are then carefully cleaned and shaped prior to being sealed to prevent re-infection. A protective sheet of rubber is placed over the tooth for the patient’s safety and comfort. We also use the most up to date materials in modern endodontics including the use of a dental operating microscope which helps to improve the outcome of your treatment.
Endodontic procedures are usually carried out using local anaesthetics which are very effective and safe. We will always make sure you are comfortable during treatment and that the tooth is completely numb. If you are nervous or anxious in any way please do feel free to speak to us about your concerns. We have a great deal of experience in dealing with anxious patients and we can arrange additional sedation, using an external anaesthetist, for you should you so require.
Once your root filling is finished a permanent or temporary filling will be placed. We will advise you on what restoration is recommended to protect the tooth from fracture and restore it to its full function.
Root Canal Posterior
Infected, heavily filled molar before treatment and follow-up X-ray showing healing after root canal treatment.
Cone Beam CT scan used to diagnose lesion.