ROOT CANAL THERAPY
Root canals have a bad reputation for being extremely painful, but the truth is, the treatment itself is comfortable and can significantly reduce toothache, pain and sensitivity that precedes the treatment. Best of all, root canal therapy makes it possible for the Ealing Dental team to save teeth that may otherwise have been extracted. Contact our dental clinic in Ealing, London if you experience any of the warning signs that you may need root canal treatment including a severe toothache, dental sensitivity, and discoloration of the tooth.
BENEFITS OF ROOT CANAL THERAPY
The benefits of root canal treatment are fairly obvious. Root canals prevent the need for tooth extraction, eliminating the cost, time, and discomfort of tooth replacement. They stop the spread of infection to surrounding teeth, and immediately reduce discomfort.
HOW ROOT CANALS HELP
Root canals are necessary when damage or decay access the innermost layer of the tooth. This inner layer, called pulp, houses the entire nerve system of the tooth. When decay or damage reaches the nerve, pain and sensitivity can happen as a result. A root canal allows our dentists to remove the damaged tissue and replace it with a similar biocompatible substance. Once completed, we’ll reseal the tooth, and in many cases, we place a dental crown over the root canal treated tooth to protect and strengthen the remaining dental structure. With topical and local aenesthetics, the treatment is completely comfortable for patients who almost always experience immediate relief from toothache pain.
How do I know if I need Root Canal treatment?
Dr. Dariush and his Ealing dental team will monitor the health of your mouth and look out for any signs of infection, decay or general tooth stress that may signify the need for a root canal procedure. Most patients who don’t visit the dentist for a number of years will require a root canal procedure due to neglecting their mouth and dental health. When we perform a general check-up we may ask you questions and look for signs of the following:
- Lingering tooth sensitivity when cold
- Tooth pain to biting pressure or constant severe tooth pain
- Impulsive toothache
- Throbbing tooth pain
- Tissue swelling of the face
If you believe you require root canal treatment, we do recommend that you visit us as soon as possible for treatment to avoid any aggravated problems as the pain may also be a sign of another dental condition. If root canal treatment is necessary x-rays will be taken at your dental consultation so that we can take a deeper look at the extent of the damage. After this we will most likely perform a thorough dental hygiene clean, preparing you for your next appointment where we will perform the root canal.
What occurs during Root Canal Treatment?
Root Canal Treatment consists of removing the nerve that lies at the root of the tooth and is causing pain. A sedative dressing will be placed inside your tooth between each visit to help settle the surrounding tissues and destroy remaining bacteria. If root canal treatment is not performed bacteria will destroy supportive bone structure around the tooth and will inevitably lead to tooth loss. Once this has been performed we will most likely construct a dental crown to restore the strength and appearance of your tooth.
Ealing Dental Care recommends prevention
At Ealing Dental Care it is our priority and responsibility as dental practitioners to always strive to maintain your natural teeth. This is better for function and aesthetics, as well as your own personal comfort.