We hope you will never get an infection in your tooth that means you have to have root canal therapy, but if you do, you can rest assured that at Kings Dental Clinic in Hammersmith, you will be treated with the latest equipment and by a dentist trained specifically in root canal work.
Dr Nadia Tawfiq is our root canal dentist, working in a branch of dentistry known as endodontics, which is concerned with the treatment of the soft pulp within the tooth. The pulp is the very inner part of the tooth and it runs all the way down the tooth from the centre of the crown to the tips of the roots. This is the part of the tooth that has to be removed when it becomes diseased or infected. This can happen if the tooth is decaying, or has cracks in it, or if it gets injured in an accident of some kind.
What is root canal therapy?
Dentists carry out root canal work when the pulp inside the tooth root has become infected or diseased, but the rest of the tooth above the gum line is still healthy. Having root canal therapy allows you to keep your tooth instead of having it extracted and then having to have some kind of false tooth installed.
People tend to think of root canal therapy as a particularly painful treatment, but you need not feel any pain with Dr Tawfiq, who will make sure that you are completed numbed with a local anaesthetic. She will then use the latest rotary files and apex locators to clean the infected pulp from the tooth, all the way down to the tip of the root.
It may take more than one visit to complete the treatment, especially if it is a complex case, working on a tooth with multiple roots. You will be fitted with a temporary crown between appointments.
At the end of treatment, your tooth will be covered with a porcelain crown to protect it and it should then last you a good many more years. We have a 95% success rate to back up this claim.
Root canal treatment refers to the treatment of the interior of the tooth. It is necessary when the soft tissue (also known as the pulp) becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: tooth decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack and chips on the tooth enamel are the most common.
More importantly, tooth trauma caused by an accident can also lead to pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible damage. If pulp infection is left untreated, it can cause severe pain and tooth loss.
At Kings Dental Clinic, we performed root canals in Hammersmith and we appreciate that if you have never experienced this type of treatment before, you probably have questions. Our experienced dentists are here to guide you through the procedure.
What is a root canal treatment?
During a root canal treatment, the tooth pulp and tooth roots are thoroughly cleaned to remove bacteria and other micro-organisms that cause infection. The bacteria and infected tissue remains are removed from the pulp and roots using special needles and chemical substances. Your teeth are then sealed with a filling or a crown for extra protection. Root canal treatment is necessary when the tooth pulp has become infected or when the infection has spread to the roots or jawbone.
When is a root canal treatment not possible?
Root canal treatment is performed when severe tooth decay or trauma has damaged a tooth that is worth preserving. It may not be a suitable treatment option if the tooth is badly damaged. In this case, it may need to be removed.
Which factors affect the outcome of root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is usually performed in order to treat an infected tooth. The treatment is considered successful when the infection disappears and the function of the tooth is restored. Factors that may influence the successful outcome of root canal treatment include your overall health, the extent of the bacteria present in the pulp of the tooth and the structure of the roots canals. Sometimes, tooth roots are partially or completely solidified, making it challenging to clean the root canal.
Many people are more than a bit scared at the thought of root canal therapy. Maybe it’s because it is a treatment which is only required when you are already in pain from an infected or diseased tooth. Whether the infection came from decay or a trauma, it’s often very painful.
Here at Kings Dental Clinic in Hammersmith, root canal therapy is carried out using the latest techniques, equipment and materials.
We use a specialist endodontic microscope to diagnose the infection, and also to aid its treatment. Endodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with root canal therapy.
Treating the infection involves cleaning out the infected pulp from the roots of the tooth. We achieve success rates of higher than 95% for our root canal therapy.
The complexity of each case depends on which tooth is infected. Front teeth have only one root, whereas back teeth can have two or three, increasing the length of treatment and its complexity. This may mean that you will need more than one appointment to complete the treatment. If that is the case, you will be fitted with a temporary crown or filling to protect the tooth between appointments.
After the treatment is complete, we like to fit your tooth with a crown; this covers the work, protecting it, and it also strengthens the tooth.
All our root canal therapy work is carried out by one of our dentists who has a Masters degree in endodontics from a world leading dental hospital.
We carry out root canal therapy under local anaesthetic to reduce pain and discomfort to a minimum. However, we know that it is not uncommon for patients to be anxious about vising the dentist, and that is why our practice is dental phobia certified. Our principal dentist has been helping anxious patients by using relaxation sedation for more than 15 years. This uses a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, which we call happy air, to relax you to the point that you will still be conscious but unaware of the treatment. You will be comfortable throughout the treatment and still able to follow any instructions the dentist gives you.