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Root Canal Wandsworth

Each tooth has a centre section that contains the nerve (pulp). When a tooth is badly broken or decayed, it can damage the pulp, leading to discomfort and infection. Our specialists will use microscopy to remove the pulp, then sterilise the area and fill it to get rid of the underlying cause of the issue, this is referred to as a root canal treatment.

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Root Canal Treatment Wandsworth

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Pain-free root canal treatment with microscopic precision

Our highly trained team are experts in endodontics to restore your oral health and save teeth. We have the most recent technology at our dental practice, enabling us to conduct these procedures with microscopic precision, offering you the best in dental care.

At Direct Dental, we have the most advanced tools to carry out root canal treatments using a local anaesthetic, and you can rest assured that you are in safe hands. We will keep as much of the tooth as possible to repair, and it will work like a natural tooth after treatment.

What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure used to treat contamination or damage in the pulp of teeth. The pulp is the soft tissue within the enamel that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.

When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected due to deep decay, cracks, chips, or trauma to the enamel, it can cause intense aches and result in abscess formation if left untreated. Root canal treatment aims to remove the infected or broken pulp and clean and disinfect the internal area of the teeth, after which it is sealed to prevent similar contamination.

Root Canal Treatment FAQ

Various factors can lead to tooth infection, including extensive tooth decay brought on by cavities or gum disease, broken fillings or crowns, damaged teeth by trauma or even the act of grinding teeth.

No matter the cause, getting a root canal treatment will eliminate the need to have the affected tooth extracted and the necessity for other expensive treatments in the future.

Because a tooth is severely weakened after having a root canal treatment performed, it is typically required to place a supporting structure on the tooth in the shape of a crown or only to prevent the tooth from breaking. If it’s a front tooth you may not require this.

Visit a dentist for a dental examination. If you are experiencing pain, it may indicate that you require a root canal treatment. On the other hand, a tooth may exhibit no symptoms whatsoever but when examined by a dentist does need a root canal.

Gum disease is one of the most common causes of bad breath, but it could be due to other factors, we highly recommend booking an appointment at our clinic so a dentist can take a look.

The germs that are present in a tooth infection can also create bad breath and a foul taste in the mouth if the condition is left untreated for a long time.

The primary goal of root canal treatment is to eliminate microorganisms and disinfect the root canals. It is done by drilling a small hole through the tooth into the pulp chamber, finding and measuring the root canals, and then cleaning and widening them.

After the canals have been cleaned in your root canal treatment, a filling material is placed inside them to prevent further infections. Most of the time, this is when a dental abscess will start to heal.

Root canal infections are impossible to cure with antibiotics, even when used in combination. Antibiotics may cure the symptoms temporarily however.

Our dental practice will make every effort to provide active root canal treatment to minimise the need for antibiotics.

For antibiotics to be effective, they need to travel through your bloodstream to the site of the infection. However, this pathway will no longer be available if a root canal is necessary, as the blood supply in the tooth is dead. Because of this, antibiotics are ineffective at treating root canals.

When antibiotics are used repeatedly to treat an endodontic infection, the bacteria eventually develop resistance to the drug and can resist its effects.

As soon as it is determined, you can book an appointment with Direct Dental at our clinic. The longer a tooth is neglected, the fewer chances of saving it because the infection has more time to spread.

The other option would be to have the tooth extracted. Keeping an infected tooth (dental abscess) in the mouth after the pulp has been damaged can lead to further complications and be painful. This may involve loss of precious bone due to infection.

In most cases, preserving as many natural teeth as possible is best, even though some individuals would rather have an extraction we would advise against this and look to proceed with a root canal solution.

When you have a root canal treatment, the area around the tooth is completely numbed. It is common to experience discomfort for a short time after the procedure is completed, but the procedure itself will be pain free.

To alleviate the pain, you can take your usual painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol (depending on your previous medical history) or the medication you would typically take for a headache. We highly recommend that you speak with our team of dentists if you are unsure about anything relating to a root canal treatment.

Local anaesthesia is used throughout root canal treatment; patients should not experience any discomfort or dental problems after this type of dentistry.

We can provide pain treatment throughout the process here at Direct Dental, we have the most cutting-edge anaesthetic expertise and technology available, our dental team is highly trained in treating patients for root canals.

In most cases, the root canal treatment success rates, if done in the right hands, will be successful approximately 85-90% of the time. Around 9 out of 10 root-treated teeth survive for 8 to 10 years.

There are rarely complications, and as with all types of oral surgery, there is always a risk of further complications and we are here to assist and support you with your aftercare.

The success also depends on how much tooth structure you have left, and the level of decay/breakage you present with.

At Direct Dental, we have amassed the very best in both experience and state-of-the-art equipment to carry out your root canal treatment, and as a result, our outcomes are highly consistent and predictable.

Despite receiving the most effective service for your root canal treatment, if you are suffering with any post-treatment pain or swelling you should see a dentist immediately and we are happy to make a further appointment to investigate and assist.

If you have severely damaged teeth, our team may discuss with you the need for tooth extraction and dental implants to replace missing teeth, but rest assured that we always try to save teeth with a root canal treatment first.

Once we have dealt with the root canal we highly recommend that you book regular appointments for an examination at the clinic to maintain good oral hygiene. We can help you to look after your teeth and gums, straighten your teeth and carry out cosmetic work such as stain removal and teeth whitening.

By taking care of your oral health and oral hygiene to keep your teeth and gums healthy you can help to avoid tooth decay, a costly treatment or a dental emergency. Doing an excellent job of brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis is highly recommended.

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