Modern root canal procedures provide an excellent way of saving a tooth which, in the past, would have been extracted.
Root canal treatment is needed when the pulp of the tooth becomes infected through decay or injury. The pulp lies inside the tooth, and delivers its blood supply and nutrients. If the infection is not removed, it can spread throughout the root canal system of the tooth and cause an abscess (which can be extremely painful), and can lead to damage in the bone around the tooth. Without treatment, the tooth is likely to have to be removed.
Root canal treatment involves removing the infected pulp and filling the root canals. This can take two or three visits to complete. First we will make the tooth and its surrounding area numb so you won’t feel any pain. Then we seal it with a special filling material which helps avoid any potential problems in the future. Often the tooth is left weakened by the decay, so we may recommend fitting a crown to strengthen it.
If you have any questions about root canal treatment please get in touch.
The situation regarding COVID-19 is fast evolving. We are following all the latest guidelines from NHS England. Your safety, as always, is paramount and therefore you may notice lots of changes to the way we see patients.
We are open for prearranged appointments.
We are working through a high volume of patients waiting to be seen, we thank you for your patience.
Unfortunately, we are unable to take on new NHS patients for routine care, as we are operating at full capacity.
Keep safe and well, Birchwood Dental Practice.
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