Root canal treatments
The aim of root canal or endodontic treatment is to save a tooth that would likely otherwise require extraction. Root canal treatment is indicated when there is irreversible damage or absence of the pulp (the nerve) inside the tooth.
Damage to the tooth caused by decay, cracks or trauma can allow the bacteria naturally present in the mouth to reach the pulp. This often leads to inflammation and may cause symptoms including increased sensitivity to hot and cold, pain on biting and swelling in the surrounding gums.
Root canal treatment is the process of disinfection of the root canal system with the aim of removing bacteria and healing/preventing infection in the structures surrounding the roots. It can save the natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants and bridges.
What does treatment involve?
- The treatment is usually completed over one or two appointments.
- You will be given local anaesthetic to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure.
- A rubber sheet is placed over the tooth. This is partly to enable more successful treatment but also for your own comfort.
- A small opening is made in the biting surface of the tooth to allow access to the root canals. Microscope magnification is used in some cases.
- The canals are then disinfected using instruments and chemicals.
- Once cleaned, the canals are filled to reduce the risk of bacteria getting in again and the opening restored.
- It is usual to take x-rays before, during and after the procedure.
Special interest in Endodontics
Whilst all our dental team at Barrowford Dental, offer root canal treatment, dentist Patrick Rafferty has a special interest in this area, taking referrals from other dental practices in the local area. Patrick obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Endodontics and is currently working towards a Masters degree in Endodontology with the University of Chester.