Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment) Surrey
Endodontics or “root canal treatment” as it is more commonly known, is required when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (the pulp) is infected through decay or injury. The aim of the treatment is to preserve the tooth by removing all traces of infection and then filling it to prevent further infection.
At Mulberry Dental, we use the latest laser disinfection system to ensure total elimination of bacteria and infection. This system dramatically reduces the incidence of post-treatment pain and recurrent infections.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
This procedure involves the removal of the infected nerve and bacteria from the tooth. This is required when the nerve or blood supply of the tooth (termed the pulp) is infected through decay or injury.
Why is Root Canal Treatment needed?
Sometimes the pulp becomes infected and the infection may spread through the Root canal system of the tooth. Eventually, this may lead to an abscess. If no treatment is carried out then the infection would spread.
Is it painful?
A Local anaesthetic is used and therefore you should feel no pain during the procedure. For the next 24hrs after the procedure, you may suffer from slight discomfort. This discomfort can be relieved by painkillers if required.
What does the Root Canal Procedure Involve?
During the procedure, all infection is removed from the canal system. The canal is then shaped and cleaned to prevent any further infection. A temporary filling is then put in and the tooth left to settle.
The Root canal filling is then completed at the next appointment. A permanent filling would also be required. In some cases, a crown may be required. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment can involve two or more visits. The total time required for the procedure can be up to 2 hours.
What is the alternative?
The alternative is to have the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and prevent neighbouring teeth from shifting.