Root Canal Treatment at Ascot Dental Practice
Advanced endodontic services in Ascot
What Is Endodontics?
Endodontics is the term used to describe root canal treatment which is used when the central parts of the tooth, including the nerves, have become infected.
When there is an infection in the pulp chamber and canals inside the tooth, a person can experience significant discomfort. However, this discomfort may not become apparent immediately but if the infection is left to continue, it will usually get worse, causing more and more damage until pain strikes and eventually the tooth has to be removed. This kind of infection can happen because of injury to the tooth, or because of dental decay leaving routes to the inside of the tooth open for bacteria to get in.
Root canal treatment involves taking away the infection to try and save the tooth and can be very effective if completed in time.
Why Is Endodontics Important?
It is so important that we treat a tooth with root canal problems because the pain can be very severe, and the infection can cause all kinds of additional symptoms. When you have an infection deep in the tooth you may struggle to function in day-to-day life because it is so distracting. Even worse, you may end up with an abscess which is incredibly painful. If we don't act, not only will the discomfort continue, but you may risk losing your natural tooth.
At Ascot Dental Practice we have an experienced endodontics team who will identify the infection and then work to save the tooth by performing root canal treatment. This can save you a lot of pain, discomfort, and time and money on further treatment and tooth restoration if the infection is left to destroy the tooth internally.
What Does Root Canal Treatment Aim To Do?
We look to find access to the nerve which is infected and then remove all infected material in and around the pulp chamber, where the nerve sits. Completing this can take more than one appointment to ensure the infection is totally removed. We then clean out the whole area before filling the canals and sealing the tooth.
Throughout treatment we are trying to ensure you can keep your natural tooth, and to ensure it still works well and still looks aesthetically pleasing too.
What Should I Expect When I Come In For Root Canal Treatment?
Once you have been diagnosed we will prioritise your treatment and get you booked in as soon as possible.
On the day of treatment you will come in and have local anaesthetic to completely numb the area, leaving you free from pain throughout the procedure. Once the area is totally numb, we will use a wide variety of instruments to access the pulp chamber in the affected tooth. We will file away and remove all infected material we find, as well as completely disinfecting the whole of the inside of the tooth.
Once this is done, we may apply a temporary filling so we can come back to the tooth a short time later to check infection is not returning. After this additional step or during your primary root canal appointment if we think it is appropriate, we will fill the tooth with dental material, prepare the tooth and place a crown on top.
There is never a specific process with root canal treatment as it takes experience, precision and a degree of flexibility in order to ensure that the result is as good as it possibly can be.
I Think I Need Root Canal Treatment, Can I Book A Consultation?
If you think you have a root canal infection, please call us on 01344 873448 so that we can book you in for a consultation. If the issue is an emergency, please get in touch as soon as you are able to so that we can help you as quickly as possible.