Root Canal Treatment (also known as Endodontics) is required when the core of the tooth becomes infected. If left untreated it can lead to a painful abscess or even loss of the tooth. This can be the consequence of dental decay, gum disease or injury.
In most cases you will not feel any pain or have major symptoms during the early stages of the infection - often the tooth may discolour and/or develop an abscess (larger tooth infection). Treatment becomes necessary if the tooth is to be saved.
Your teeth have a core of blood vessels and nerves at their centre. This living tissue is called the pulp and is occupied in a space called the root canal. The number of root canals in each tooth varies depending on how far back it is in your mouth. Front teeth often have one root canal, while back teeth may have three or more. If your tooth is injured or has deep decay, the pulp can be damaged and the blood vessels may die. A "dead" tooth is likely to get infected. Without treatment, a dental abscess (collection of pus) can form as the bacteria multiply and are forced beyond the end of the root. This can often cause pressure and pain.
If left untreated, the infection may spread to the nerves and surrounding tissues and cause nausea, fever and difficulty swallowing.
These days thanks to advanced innovations in the dental world, Root Canal Treatment is a very simple and painless procedure. It involves removal of the infected tissue and replacement with a filling material that blocks the canals to prevent further infections from occurring.
At, the Perfect Smile Studios we use cutting edge technology to create a treatment process that is quick, effective and efficient. All the instruments and materials we use to perform this procedure are known for their ease of application and comfort.
One piece of advanced support technology that makes Root Canal Treatment so successful in our practice is our investment in the state of the art Dental Operating Microscope. Its first class optical components and the lens systems incorporate brilliant, three dimensional and precise optics providing high-resolution images. It also provides the endodontist with a range of the number of magnification steps, thus resulting in greater control during the procedure.
Using the microscope requires suitable preparation. Intensive training is essential in order to achieve optimal results. The Endodontic Team at the Perfect Smile Studios has been extensively trained in its use for your comfort and peace of mind.
Once the nerve of a tooth is infected or damaged, root canal treatment becomes the only means of retaining the tooth. Antibiotics will only treat the effects of the problem and not the cause; therefore, they are only a temporary solution. If your tooth is seriously damaged by decay or injury, or the support of the tooth is compromised by gum disease, then it maybe advisable to extract the tooth. The tooth can then be replaced by means of a denture, bridge or dental implant. In some cases the tooth may not be replaced at all.
If you are concerned that you may be in need of Root Canal Treatment then we would be happy to discuss your possible treatment options with you. It may even be that this is not the correct diagnosis for you and that you are in need of a totally different treatment. This is where our Perfect Smile Studio dentists and endodontist can help advise you correctly. You have a choice of practice locations both in Hertfordshire or in London.
The process starts with a FREE discovery consultation where we discuss your needs and requirements with a Computerised Photographic Assessment to help you understand the possibilities.
We are at this stage able to assist you with potential options available to you. Depending on your requirements we can customize and tailor-make individual treatments plans to suit your needs and budgets.
We also use Bite Analysis technology to ensure a long lasting, comfortable and a healthy final result.
Contact us for any questions, requests and further information; or to arrange a FREE Initial Consultation.
The free no obligation Initial Consultation will be with our dentist and/or our Treatment Coordinators. The suitability of options discussed will ultimately be dependent upon your clinical assessment with a dentist at the practice.