Dental Root Canal Treatment
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a naturally occurring cavity in the root of a tooth, and contains pulp tissue. This pulp tissue consists of lymph vessels, veins, arteries and nerve fibres.
If the pulp tissue decays and becomes infected, the body's immune system will respond. The resulting swelling puts pressure on the pulp tissue. A person with an infected root canal will almost certainly feel pain, and his/her teeth will be sensitive to heat and cold.
Dental Root Canal Treatment is Essential
An infected root canal can lead to far more serious health problems such as heart disease.
If you suspect you may have an infected root canal you should see your dentist as soon as possible. Dental root canal treatment is essential.
About Root Canal Treatment
Dental Root Canal Treatment is often carried out over two visits. The first involves locating the pulp and the tooth roots. These are then cleaned and dressed. This first stage of the root canal treatment allows drainage of the infection over a period of a week.
On the second visit, the root canal is widened, cleaned and dried. An inert rubber-based material is added, and a filling is placed on top. Usually the tooth will be crowned.
Pain Free Dental Root Canal Treatment
Dental root canal treatment is something many people fear. The plain fact is, good local anaesthesia techniques allow for pain free root canal treatment. Naturally it helps if your dentist has years of experience, and is sympathetic to your needs! At SW Smiles we are especially gentle, and offer pain free root canal treatment in both our South London and North London Dental Surgeries.
Timely dental root canal treatment is worth having. It prevents the need for a dental implant or dental bridge.
In cases where the tooth has already been heavily restored, and is broken down severely, it may not be possible to save the tooth through root canal therapy. This is why it's essential that you consult a dentist immediately if you think you may need dental root canal treatment.
Need more information? Contact us, or visit the British Dental Health Foundation for a list of answers to commonly asked questions about dental root canal treatment.