Also known as endodontic therapy, a root canal is a procedure that’s used to treat an infection inside the tooth.
The underlying infection is caused by the bacteria that live in your mouth naturally, and which are responsible for causing cavities. The need for a root canal is most commonly associated with tooth decay, but can also be attributed to a problematic filling or when teeth are damaged due to trauma.
Infected root canals can be very painful and patients in need of treatment often experience a high level of sensitivity, even when they’re not eating or drinking. In extreme cases, the infection can cause an abscess and your face can become swollen. That’s why it’s important to get treatment from a qualified professional as soon as possible. At Museum Dental Suites, our root canal specialist in London offers private root canal treatment to treat the most complicated teeth problems.
Although most people shudder at the thought of having a root canal, the truth is that with careful treatment and a skilled dentist undertaking the procedure, you should feel very little pain during the process. In most cases, patients should feel nothing more than a bit of pressure – similar to what you would experience when getting a filling.
A root canal begins with the dentist giving you a local anaesthetic to numb the area around the infected tooth. Once the medication has taken effect, they will begin removing the unhealthy parts of the tooth using the dental drill. This process involves not only clearing out the parts of the tooth made of bone and enamel, but also the pulp and ‘root canal’ section located at the centre of the tooth. This structure contains blood vessels and nerve tissue.
When the centre of the tooth has been hollowed out, the empty space is then filled with a specially formulated substance. Finally, depending on how much of the outer tooth layer was removed, a crown or onlay will be used to seal off the tooth and reconstruct the chewing surface.
In most cases, patients will receive a temporary crown or dental onlay placed on the day of the root canal procedure. They will then need to return in a couple of weeks to get the permanent piece placed.
Once the root canal treatment is finished. Patients should avoid biting on hard or sticky foods – especially while they have the temporary crown or onlay. For a few days after the procedure, you may also notice an increased level of sensitivity when eating hot or cold foods. This should decrease over time.
Maintaining good dental health is also important after a root canal treatment, as this will help to keep the remaining tooth – as well as the rest of your teeth – free from decay and bacteria. You can brush and floss around the treated tooth as normal, and if you find it more difficult to floss after you’ve had a root canal, be sure to discuss this with your dentist or hygienist.
Remember that after a root canal, the treated tooth will technically be dead. However, with proper care, it can remain in good condition alongside your other teeth for many years without any problems.
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Whether you’re experiencing symptoms of an infected root canal and are in need of treatment, or you are simply looking for a skilled and highly qualified dentistry service in central London, Museum Dental Suites is the ideal choice.
Located in Bloomsbury, and across the street from the British Museum, our suites are situated in a beautiful historic building and we’ve worked hard to create a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere where our patients can feel comfortable.
Appointments are available seven days a week, and our friendly team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your dental health. Simply phone us on 0207 036 1999 to find out more.
You might be the right candidate for root canal if you have an awful tooth pain. This is the place the misinterpretations start; root canals don't causes pain. They ease pain. The thing is, the point at which you create dental pain, it is because you have a bacterial infection in the pulp of your tooth. If your dental specialist says "it would seem that you are a candidate for root canals," what the person in question is stating is fundamentally that there are medications accessible that will stop the pain.
Root canal treats the tainted pulp, protecting the rest of the tooth. An individual will be given anesthetic before beginning the method with the goal that it is not any more painful than having a filling.
After root canal treatment, the reestablished tooth may keep going for a long time if you take appropriate consideration of your teeth and gums. In any case, it is prompted that you go for routine checkups from your dental specialist to screen the general state of your mouth and teeth. For whatever length of time the treated tooth are sustained appropriately by the tissues, the tooth will remain powerful and healthy.
You may brush your treated tooth delicately yet you ought to restrict yourself from flossing at first, if the brief filling has been put in the space between the teeth. Contact with your dental practice when you have been encountering inconvenience for over multiple weeks, even after the treatment.
After the strategy has been done, you should hold up till the numbness in your mouth wears off before you eat anything, with the goal that you don't bite your tongue. Try not to bite or chew with the treated tooth till it has been totally re established by a dental specialist, so as to abstain from harming it further.
To what extent will my mouth stay numb after root canal treatment?
After the root canal technique, your tooth will stay numb for a few hours. It will as a rule require half a month for recovering and for the soreness to settle totally. Your dental specialist will give you guidance and offer lineup treatment with either a crown or filling, if required.
Indeed, you can. You will be numb for 2-3 hours after the dental appointment, yet you can have the capacity to proceed with your calendar. Ensure you don't eat anything until the numbness has worn off.
The front teeth normally have one canal while the back teeth will have a few canals. Root canal treatment as a rule expects one to three dental visits, depending upon the varied nature of the canal framework and bended roots and channels that may require numerous visits or a sudden infection that may take a long effort to determine.