Root Canal Therapy West London
If a tooth becomes infected by tooth decay or gum disease, we are able to help patients save their infected tooth using root canal therapy. This process requires the removal of the nerve tissue that is contained within the root system of the tooth. Once the nerve has been removed, the tooth no longer has any feeling, and the remaining tooth structure can then be restored with a filling or dental crown.
Do I need Root Canal Therapy?
Do you suffer from any of the following symptoms?
- Discomfort when chewing or biting
- Dull ache or severe tooth pain
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Discomfort that wakes you up at night
If you answered yes to any of the above, you might very well need root canal therapy. Please call us on 020 7229 8716 and schedule for an evaluation.
Be aware not all teeth that are in need of root canal therapy will cause pain. It is possible to not have any pain but still need a root canal.
Root Canal Therapy FAQ’s
Root canal treatment is a simple term for endodontic therapy. This treatment is required when the nerve in the tooth becomes irreversibly damaged or infected. This damage is a result of combined injuries that occur over the life of the tooth and can stem from decay, trauma or damaged restorations. Root canal therapy involves the removal of the entire nerve throughout the root canal, after which the canal system is cleaned and shaped. It is then filled with a root canal filling and a dental sealer.
With modern techniques and varied local anaesthetic solutions, you will feel no sensation in the tooth during the treatment. For several days afterwards, It is normal for your tooth to be sensitive when biting. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications such as Ibuprofen in order to control normal post-treatment discomfort.
In most cases, the inflammation will subside dramatically within the first two days. You may experience mild discomfort to a pressure that could last for several days after treatment. Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory analgesics such as ibuprofen will relieve this discomfort. The most common predictor of post-treatment pain is pre-treatment pain. If your tooth is already painful, the root canal procedure will remove the infection and allow healing to begin. During the first week after the treatment, we will prescribe pain relief as necessary that should enable you to start healing pain-free.
The main benefit of root canal therapy is that you are able keep your tooth, saving time and the need for further dental work, in the way of replacement teeth. Extraction of teeth can lead to additional dental problems like drifting of teeth and bite problems and can sometimes involve treatment of adjacent teeth that do not otherwise need dental treatment in order to restore the missing tooth. No matter how effective modern tooth replacements are, there is a lot to be said for saving your own tooth.
Your root canal treatment should be treated just like your other teeth after the treatment. We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, combined with regular visits to our hygienist.