Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp (the soft tissue inside the root canal) becomes inflamed or infected. You may not feel any pain in the early stages of the infection. In some cases, your tooth could darken in colour which may mean that the nerve of the tooth has died (or is dying). This would need root canal treatment.
The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal using the process illustrated here.
Usually, the dentist also places a dental crown on the particular tooth. This is done because the tooth becomes brittle over time, since the tooth lacks blood and nerve supply, and this can crack the tooth.
The dental crown prevents the cracking of the tooth later on. We would love to have you in for a consultation to determine whether root canal treatment is the right treatment option for you.
Why this procedure is needed?
The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth is an apiceptomy or root-end resection. This procedure is also used for damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone.
An incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue. The damaged tissue is removed along with a small amount of the root tip. A root-end filling is placed to prevent reinfection of the root and the gum is sutured. The bone naturally heals around the root over a period of months restoring full function.
Following the procedure, there may be some discomfort or slight swelling while the incision heals. This is normal for any surgical procedure. To ease any discomfort, an appropriate pain medication will be recommended. If you have pain that does not respond to medication, please call our practice.. We routinely see our surgery patients for a post-surgical check two weeks after surgery, and then again in six months for a recall examination.
If you think you may need to have root canal treatment and have further questions, please contact our reception team using the contact form below. Alternatively you can call us at any time during our opening hours on 020 3602 4994.