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Root canal treatment

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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.

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Why is Root Canal Treatment necessary?

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.


What are the alternatives to root canal therapy?

Once the nerve of the 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.

However, if the tooth is symptom-free, it can be left untreated if preferred, at the risk of future pain and possibly loss of the tooth. If your tooth is seriously damaged by decay or injury, or the support of the tooth is compromised by gum disease, then it may be 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.


What does Root Canal Treatment involve?

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.

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.

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High performance technology for your 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 has been extensively trained in its use for your comfort and peace of mind.


Can Root Canal Treatment Fail?

We ensure that the root canal treatments we carry out are performed to an incredibly high standard. The success of root canal treatment is dependent on factors that we assess during the consultation. The success rate of a first-time root canal treatment is around 93%.

To ensure success of most teeth that are root filled, we recommend a crown , especially for back teeth.

Unfortunately, there can be some rare instances where root canal treatment may fail. This can be due to the current structure of your tooth, lack of aftercare or bacteria not responding to the treatment. Find out more about how root canal treatment can fail here. However on these occasions we can perform apicectomy to save the tooth.

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What is the Success Rate of Root Canal Treatment?

All our root canal treatments are carried out by experienced and highly-trained dentists here at The Perfect Smile Studios. We’re proud of the treatments and procedures we carry out on a daily basis. You can find out more about our success rates here.

We focus on ensuring that your root canal treatment with us is a success. We take various procedures depending on your treatment outcome. Find out more about what to expect after a root canal treatment.


How do you plan and design my treatment?

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 customise and tailor-make individual treatments plan to suit your needs and budgets.

You may need to have an Endodontic (Root Canal) Consultation thereafter, where we will be able to explore your options for treatment further. A fee will be applicable for this. However, we advise that you book for a complimentary Consultation to start with to help you in the best way possible.

After you have had root canal treatment carried out to your tooth, a permanent restoration will be required to seal the access to the canal. Depending on the size of the access to the root canal and the structure and strength of the tooth a final filling or a crown will be recommended at the end of the treatment.


For more information

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 Perfect Smile Hertfordshire Clinic | 7/9 South Street, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 1AZ. | Tel: 01992 552115 

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7/9 South Street,
Hertford,
Hertfordshire,
SG14 1AZ