We will always endeavour to save your teeth rather than remove them, because natural teeth are best. The loss of even one tooth can have a detrimental effect on your mouth and can lead to your other teeth drifting into the gap, which can cause problems with your bite.
One of the ways we can prevent the loss of a tooth is with root canal treatment, also known as endodontics. Once bacteria penetrate the soft tissues inside your tooth, it can cause inflammation and often discomfort, which could lead to an abscess. It is advisable to try and avoid this advanced level of infection by seeing your dentist as soon as you begin to feel pain in a tooth for a period of time, often coupled with sensitivity to hot, cold or sugary foods.
Saving your teeth is our first choice
Treatment involves the removal of the pulp tissues from the centre of your tooth in the event that this becomes infected or inflamed. A root canal treated tooth can function normally and can be maintained with routine dental care and oral hygiene measures.
Signs of pulp damage may include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth, swelling, tenderness of the overlying gums or a bad taste in the mouth. On the other hand, there may be no symptoms at all. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can eventually cause pain, swelling and loss of the supporting bone.
Our endodontist, Lars Franke at Crescent Lodge Dental Practice Clapham, will perform root canal treatment using a special microscope designed specifically for root canal treatment to stop the infection from spreading further and to restore the tooth. Using specific techniques and advanced equipment, you will receive a local anaesthetic and the treatment overall should feel no different to having an ordinary filling placed.
The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle. The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently restored.
To keep your mouth healthy, we recommend you visit us for regular hygiene appointments and dental health assessments.