Endodontics

 

Treatment for the tissue surrounding the root of the tooth

Endodontics: Root Canal Treatment

 

Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that treats the dental pulp tissue (the inside of the tooth) and the tissues surrounding the roots of a tooth below the gum line. Endodontic therapy is more commonly called root canal treatment, and we often think of an endodontist as a dentist who specialises in saving teeth.

 

If the dental pulp tissue becomes infected, it can result in severe and constant pain and in such cases, endodontic therapy, or root canal treatment is necessary to alleviate these symptoms and prevent the risk of further infection.

 

Treating a root canal infection is important, not only because the condition can cause debilitating pain, but if left untreated, root canal infections can result in abscesses and eventually tooth loss.

Why choose The London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry?

 

Whether you attend the practice for a dental check-up or for a full course of treatment, our focus is on the well-being and comfort of our patients. We understand that not everyone is comfortable visiting the dentists, but we aim to make your visit as relaxing as possible.

Dr Leonard Fox (pictured) is experienced in root canal therapy, having performed over 20,000 surgical procedures, Leonard has fantastic knowledge and experience.

 

The process of root canal treatment

 

Firstly the dentist will need a clear x-ray of the root of your infected tooth. Even though you may be in severe pain pre-treatment, the root canal treatment is pain free, the dentist will anesthetise the tooth and surrounding gum tissue to ensure your comfort.

Once you are comfortable, a small pilot hole is drilled through the top of the tooth to provide access to the root chamber. The dentist will then remove the infected tissue, clean the area thoroughly, and fill it with a dental filling. Lastly the tooth is sealed, protecting the tooth from future infections.

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