The Cullen Dental Practice has moved to Century Dental Clinic, Ravenna Rd, Putney, SW15 6AW, 0208 788 9999
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Each tooth has a core of blood vessels and a nerve supply called the pulp. It is enclosed in the pulp chamber and root canal of the tooth. The number of root canals in a tooth has varies and depends on the position of a tooth. Front teeth normally have just one root canal, whereas back teeth may have three or more.
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure to treat infection at the centre of a tooth.
Some of the bacteria that live in the mouth can produce toxins that can kill the pulp tissue, which can then progress to a severe dental infection or abscess.
These bacteria can cause inflammation and infection of the pulp through:
In order to save the infected tooth, root canal treatment can be carried out. This removes the bacteria and infected pulp from the tooth and fills the root canals and pulp chamber with a solid filling material.
Root canal therapy allows for the inflammation in the root of the tooth and bone surrounding the root, to heal and therefore the patient can retain the tooth.
Root canal treatment consist of a following steps and depending on the situation may require more then one dental visit:
No, it shouldn’t. Our dentist will use a local anaesthetic and the whole treatment should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done. Some patients may experience a bit of tenderness afterwards but it will gradually get less over time.
With good oral hygiene and proper care, a well treated and restored tooth can last a lifetime. But because there is no longer a pulp keeping the tooth alive, root-treated teeth can become brittle and are more prone to fracture. Therefore it is important to consider how to protect your filled root canal and your tooth. The treatment cane be finished either with a permanent filling or a crown placed over the top of the tooth. For teeth that are cracked, broken or have large cavities, a crown usually is a better option.
Our aim at The Cullen Dental Practice is to provide the very best treatment and advice for our patients.
We offer a comprehensive service for patients who require a root canal treatment. Please contact us for a no obligation assessment.
To make an appointment please call 020 8788 2785.