Endodontic Treatment (Root Canal Therapy)
At Dulwich Dental we believe that retaining your own teeth is better than extraction. Therefore we aim to restore your teeth where possible.
Endodontic Treatment or ‘Root Canal Therapy’ is used to salvage severely infected teeth which would have previously required extraction. Some symptoms which may indicate the necessity for endodontic treatment include:
- Spontaneous pain or throbbing while chewing
- Severe levels of decay or an injury that leads to an abscess or infection in the bone.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods/drinks
During a Root Canal Treatment, the infected or irritated nerve tissue which sits in the so-called ‘pulp’ (the root) of the tooth gets removed. After administering a local anaesthetic your endodontist gains access to the root canal via a small incision.
The severity of the infection will determine how much of the pulp is infected and has to be removed. The site is then sterilised and sealed with a white filling to prevent any further infection and discomfort. If required a crown may also be fitted to restore full functionally, and a natural appearance.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, contact our team to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced dentists.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.