ENDODONTICS (ROOT CANAL TREATMENT)
Endodontics or Root Canal Treatment can trigger many responses with the vast majority of them negative. At Bridge Dental we pride on our reputation at providing excellent and gentle dental care which extends to this discipline. We hope that you will not need to have a root canal treatment, but if you do, you can be assured that you will receive the best possible care from us.
Why do I need Endodontic treatment?
Inside most teeth there is a nerve commonly known as the pulp chamber. The nerve tissue inside the tooth can be damaged or compromised for different reasons. This is most commonly from tooth decay or the presence of a crack in a tooth. The pulp may also be damaged due to trauma to the tooth or a previous deep filling.
When the nerve is damaged or irritated this can lead to pain and eventually abscesses from the tooth.
Endodontic Treatment is the removal of the nerve tissue or infection from within the tooth to relieve pain and prolong the life of the tooth.
At Bridge Dental we use the most advanced dental equipment to ensure that we complete every treatment to the best possible standard.
We have a Zeiss Dental Microscope and advanced instruments to carry out our treatments to the best standard.
Does endodontic treatment hurt?
At Bridge Dental we pride ourselves on being able to offer virtually pain free dentistry. We have a reputation for empathetic and gentle care which applies to all areas of treatment. We use very effective local anaesthetic so that there is no pain during the treatment. We also provide amazing DVD glasses so that you can watch a variety of entertainment to provide distraction during the treatment. After the treatment some patients can experience some discomfort but this is usually alleviated with over-the-counter painkillers.
What are the alternatives to endodontic treatment?
The alternative to root canal treatment is extraction of the tooth. This option and any subsequent treatment plan can be discussed with your own dentist or at the endodontic consultation
Can all teeth be treated endodontically?
There are several factors that must be considered before committing to a course of endodontic treatment for a tooth.
The length and shape of the roots are assessed as well as the future ability to adequately restore the tooth with a crown afterwards.
We will only carry out treatment if the long-term future for the tooth outlook is favourable. This will be discussed at your endodontic consultation appointment.
Can the treatment fail?
Endodontic treatment can have a success rate of up to 95% if carried out to a high standard. Problems can occur if the tooth develops decay, if the restoration on top of the tooth fails or sometimes despite good endodontic treatment, the tooth may not heal as expected. In such cases further endodontic treatment or surgery may be carried out if appropriate.
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