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Endodontics

What is root canal treatment?

Root Canal Therapy removes dead and infected material from the canals that run along the roots of the teeth. This treatment is used to stop the pain of toothache and dental abscesses. This treatment enables you to keep teeth that might otherwise be lost.

What are the benefits of Endodontic Therapy?

Endodontics therapy saves teeth that would otherwise be extracted. There is no real substitute for your own tooth, which is more efficient in chewing and biting than an artificial one. In the majority of cases endodontics therapy is completed in one visit. However, in certain clinical conditions, it may be necessary to delay completion of the treatment to a second or subsequent visit. A tooth that has had appropriate endodontics therapy followed by a proper restoration can last as long as other natural teeth. However, you need to maintain good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, regular check-ups and cleaning. 

What We Do

 
  • RCT
  • Re-RCT
  • Blocked canals
  • Removal of separated instruments
  • Curved canals
  • Apics
  • Difficulties with anaesthesia
  • Diagnosis of difficult cases
  • Before/after shots plus long term reviews

 

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Root Canal Treatment

A root canal treatment is required if the dental pulp (or central layer) of your tooth has become infected or inflamed and cannot be saved. This normally arises as a result of advanced decay, a deep filling or a severe crack or fracture to the tooth due to a trauma. Occasionally it can be a result of gum disease. The main symptom of a pulp infection is tooth pain and increased sensitivity to hot or cold. The tooth may become discoloured and the gum can swell and feel tender. You may also find that you have a metallic taste in your mouth. Sometimes, there are no symptoms at all.

Root canal treatment normally takes place over several visits. The length of treatment will depend on your case and the tooth that is being treated. Front teeth normally contain just one root canal whereas the back teeth can have up to four- so will take longer to treat. If more than one appointment is required they will normally be spaced over weekly intervals. Your tooth will be covered and temporarily restored in between appointments. Unless absolutely necessary the extraction of a tooth should be avoided. A root canal treatment is a successful, safe and long-term way of helping to save a tooth which would otherwise need to be extracted.

Teeth are held in the jaw by their roots. Front teeth normally have one root but teeth further back in your mouth will have two, three or four. Inside, there are nerves and a blood supply in the 'root canal'. When the tooth is healthy the nerves are alive but decay or injury can cause the nerves to die. A dead nerve inside a tooth can cause an abscess at the end of a root. Root filling means removing damaged or dead nerves and filling the space left. The remaining tooth can then be repaired. Usually needing a root canal treatment would have meant you were experiencing a high level of discomfort in your mouth which, if untreated, could ultimately lead to the loss of the tooth.


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Alton

Alton

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Basingstoke

Basingstoke

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Chichester

Chichester

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Drayton

Drayton

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Emsworth

Emsworth

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Ferndown

Ferndown

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West Moors

West Moors

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