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Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is a dental method for removing an infection from inside a tooth. It is also known as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy.At Dental Implant London, our dentists provide same day root canal treatment to protect teeth from future infections.

This is a basic overview of a tooth structure

A tooth is made up of three parts:

  1. Enamel - The hard layer covers a tooth's top or outer part. The hard and dense enamel protects the pulp and dentine from the external environment.
  2. Dentine - This is the layer beneath the enamel, a softer bone-like material supporting the enamel. The dentine makes up most of the tooth structure.
  3. Pulp - The tooth's centre contains soft tissue (nerve and blood vessels). The canal is the tunnel inside the tooth root, extending from the pulp.

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What is a root canal?

Are you in need of a root canal in London? At Dental Implants London, we ensure that the risk of root canal failure gets lessened with the best practice techniques and high-tech equipment by locating the root end. Our endodontist anaesthetizes your tooth fully to ensure the treatment is carried out comfortably without much pain.

We isolate the tooth using a rubber dam to ensure the field remains sterile and there is no contamination of new bacteria through saliva. Maintaining a sterile and moisture-free environment when conducting a root canal is essential as this prevents the formation of bacteria in the mouth from entering the canals.

Our root canal specialist in London uses modern and flexible and titanium Protaper files in order to ensure the canals can be shaped efficiently. We use the files once only to lessen the risk of fracture and cross-infection. We use electronic tech apex locators to accurately know the length of root canals and reduce the number of radiographs for radiographic dosage. We clean the canals thoroughly by using powerful disinfectants such as iodine and sodium hypochlorite to destroy leftover bacteria inside the canals.

It will differ based on your case if you think, ‘How long does a root canal take?’ However, using advanced equipment lessens the timing and allows the endodontist to perform the treatment smoothly. You may experience post-operative root canal pain, which usually settles down by taking painkillers.

What causes a root canal infection?

An infection of the tooth may occur due to several reasons, such as tooth decay and gum disease. However, the main factor is wear of dentin layer and outer enamel. Enamel wear occurs from incorrect brushing of teeth, poor oral hygiene, build-up of bacteria and plaque, improper diet with foods high in acid and sugar, oral injury and teeth grinding.

The infections may be in the form of oral abscesses that radiate pain throughout the face and jaw. Seeking emergency dental care for abscess and infection removal facilitates the restoration of healthy gum tissue without painful symptoms. See an endodontist to get rid of the infection with proper treatment on time.

Reasons for root canal treatment

Root canal treatment is sometimes necessary for patients who go to the clinic as there is damage deep inside a tooth. Endodontic treatment concerns the root canal and pulp chamber, which contain your living tissue or teeth pulp. Our endodontists performing root canals know about this pulp, which is referred to as a 'nerve' with an exemplary network of blood vessels, nerves and tissue fibres.

If a tooth has a large cavity for reaching the pulp chamber or has already been damaged, then the pulp is left open for bacterial exposure. It is essential to perform root canal treatment quickly as painful abscesses often form in the jawbone after the root canal gets infected.

How to perform a root canal treatment?

An endodontist usually does a root canal by following these steps:

The endodontist conducts a complete examination and X-rays to know the exact condition of your tooth. After this, he gives local anesthesia to numb the tooth and places a protective covering in the mouth. It will help to isolate damaged teeth and protect the rest of the mouth.

The endodontist opens at the top of the tooth to access delicate structures inside. Then, he removes the pulp from the chamber and root canals with tiny instruments.

He will clean and shape the root canal to make sufficient space for the filling and a post for supporting the tooth.

The endodontist fills the root canals with the help of a rubber-like substance known as gutta-percha. Then, he places an adhesive on top of the gutta-percha to seal it within the tooth.

The endodontist will then put a temporary filling on top of the tooth to protect the inside part of the tooth while it is healing.

A person with a root canal must see the dentist again to remove the temporary filling. At this stage, the dentist will either put in a permanent crown or conduct another permanent restoration on the tooth.

After the root canal is complete, the tooth should return to functioning and not cause pain.

Advantages of performing root canal treatment

  • Restore your natural smile: You can save an infected tooth with a root canal. If you want to continue eating your favourite foods, then a root canal is undoubtedly the best option for your case.
  • Improve appearance: Your infected tooth appears different from the adjacent teeth. Damage and decay cause stains, cracks and colour changes. A root canal-treated tooth gets restored with a crown to improve its appearance.
  • Lessen discomfort and pain: The root canal cleanses bacteria and damaged nerves, causing extreme pain to your tooth. Different anaesthesia options are there to make the procedure almost painless.
  • Prevent extraction: When you do not treat the infection, it causes the tooth to loosen, putting it at risk of falling out. Root canal prevents this, saving you from the gap or need for extensive treatment like an implant.
  • Visually appealing result: After the root canal treatment, a dentist will restore your tooth with a crown or filling, which gives you a natural smile and an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
  • Efficient and cost-effective: Root canal is affordable, and the choice between the procedure and an extraction depends on various factors. Use search strings like "endodontist near me" when you need to consult them and decide the right option for your condition.

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Aftercare for root canal treatment

After the root canal treatment, patients should avoid biting on hard or sticky foods, particularly when they temporarily crown or onlay. You might even notice greater sensitivity when eating hot or cold foods for a few days after the procedure.

Maintaining good dental health is necessary after a root canal, as this can keep your remaining teeth free from bacteria and decay. Brush and floss daily around your treated teeth, and when you find it challenging to floss after a root canal, make sure to discuss it with the dentist.

The treated tooth will be technically dead after a root canal. But it will be in good condition with other teeth for several years without causing any problems by taking root canal care properly.

How painful root canal treatment can be?

Root canal treatment is a painful procedure, but it should not cause much pain when done by a skilled dentist. However, the recent advancements in dental technology, endodontic methods and oral anaesthesia have made root canals less scary and almost painless. Patients feel better after treatment than when they entered the dentist's office.

Cost of Root Canal Treatment in London

Our endodontist performs affordable root canal treatment at our clinic in London.

Treatments Cost
Root Canal Treatment Incisor from £675
Root Canal Treatment Premolar from £775
Root Canal Treatment Molar from £895

Do you have further questions about root canal?
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FAQs

Root canal is about repairing and saving infected or damaged tooth rather than removing it. Root canal comes from cleaning the canals inside the tooth's root.

You are the right candidate for a root canal if you suffer from extreme toothache. You can undergo treatment if you have a cracked tooth due to injury or genetics, deep cavities, or issues from a previous filling. Patients need a root canal when their teeth are sensitive, particularly to hot and cold foods and drinks.

Early intervention and treatment of tooth decay, infection, disease, and gum inflammation might help individuals obtain the dental care they require for strong teeth and healthy gums. Getting teeth cleaned by professionals with scaling and polishing eliminates the build-up of plaque and tartar in challenging-to-reach places inaccessible with home teeth cleaning.

Dentists provide teeth restorations and fillings to fill cavities and restore damaged teeth to prevent infection. Not treating damaged teeth and cavities on time enhances the vulnerability to tooth infection, requiring emergency root canal treatment to remove infected dental pulp. There are cases when gum disease may occur, leading to tooth loss.

When you perform root canal treatment in London, you will be given local anaesthesia to numb the treated area. It may take nearly two hours to wear off, so you should eat food only after it has worn off.

You will still recover after you feel a typical sensation in the mouth. Do not take sticky foods like gum or jelly beans after a root canal in London, as these may loosen or remove temporary filling in your tooth. It is advisable to eat soft foods which require little chewing so that your tooth is probably sensitive in the days after the treatment. Avoid hard or hot foods irritating the root canal therapy. When eating, try to favour the side of the mouth opposite your treated tooth.

Besides, it is essential to maintain good dental hygiene habits and brush and floss daily to keep your treated tooth free of bacteria and food particles.

A root canal is usually successful in saving a tooth and getting rid of the infection. Nearly 9 out of 10 root-treated teeth generally survive for 8 to 10 years. A crown fitted to your tooth after a root canal treatment is necessary to improve tooth survival rates.

People with root canal therapy can resume their work the next day. However, you may need an extra day or two to recover entirely if you have had sedation during the dental procedure.

A successful root canal won't be painful, though it takes a few days to settle when the dentist will instrument and aggravate the tissues around the tooth end. There should not be any tenderness. A failed root canal will not get better without performing treatment. Type in Google search box "root canal near me" when looking for a dental clinic in your area to undergo the treatment successfully.

Yes, most patients can resume their work after root canal therapy. You may remain numb for some time after the treatment, so we advise you to stay careful and not eat till the numbness goes off completely.

Root canal treatment can be the last resort for saving a tooth damaged due to decay or an accident. A tooth with a root canal usually functions for several years after the procedure. A tooth is meant to last for a lifetime after the treatment.

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