Root Canal Treatment at Sunningdale Dental Practice
Professional endodontics for effective tooth infection treatment
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is also known as endodontics and it is used when the nerve inside the tooth has become involved. The nerve sits inside the tooth in a place called the pulp chamber and in the root canals. Symptoms may or may not occur when the pulp of the tooth (the part inside the tooth) has become inflamed or infected, which can travel towards the bottom part of the tooth. These kinds of infections can occur for lots of different reasons, including dental injury and as a consequence of tooth decay and bacteria entering the tooth.
Regardless of how the infection started, the infected tooth pulp will need removing as soon as possible. If the infection is left, it will not go away on its own. The infection can continue to get worse, cause much more discomfort and eventually it could lead to the tooth requiring extraction.
At Sunningdale Dental Practice we offer root canal treatment to take away the infected pulp and in many cases, save the remaining tooth.
Why is root canal treatment important?
Root canal treatment should always be prioritised simply because the associated pain can be severe and the infection can get worse. A patient may struggle with eating, speaking, or even with focusing on everyday tasks.
If the infection leads to an abscess, the pain can become extreme and the patient will be very uncomfortable. Our goal is to avoid extraction and deeper levels of infection by using professional endodontics – more commonly known as root canal treatment. This can help to prevent further infection and discomfort, along with the associated costs of treatment and future restoration.
What are the aims of root canal treatment?
The aims of root canal treatment are to gain access to the infected nerve which sits in the pulp chamber and root canal of the tooth and to remove this. Next we will need to clean and shape the root canals to try and reduce and remove any infection and then finally fill and seal the root canals.
The overall aim of root canal treatment is to help maintain the tooth in the mouth to allow the tooth to continue to function and maintain the aesthetics as an alternative to extracting the tooth.
How is root canal treatment performed?
Once we have a diagnosis, we will book you in for the treatment as soon as we can.
When you come in for your procedure, you will have the entire area numbed using local anaesthetic preventing any discomfort or pain during treatment.
Once you are completely relaxed and the area is numb, the dentist will work to create a direct route to the tooth pulp and canals. This is usually done by gaining access through the top part of the tooth into the pulp chamber. Your dentist will then use a range of precision instruments and fine files to remove the infected tooth pulp and any dead soft tissues remaining in the chamber and canals which will also help to shape and clean the area. The canals will also be cleaned using a disinfectant solution.
Once all the bacteria and infection has been removed, we may place a temporary filling which allows us to check that the infection has not returned before the final filling and crown is completed. However, when appropriate we may decide to permanently fill the chamber and canals during the first appointment. There is no specific process as each patient is individual so, it may take a few visits to Sunningdale Dental Practice before your root canal treatment is complete.
The treatment is typically completed with a dental crown or an onlay which restores strength and appearance to the treated tooth.
How do I book in for root canal treatment at Sunningdale Dental?
Please contact our team on 01344 620526 and we’ll arrange an appointment at a time to suit you. If your pain is severe, it may be possible to arrange an emergency appointment so please call as early as possible to check availability.