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Root Canal Treatment / Endodontics

 Endodontic / Root Canal Treatment

When pain arises from a tooth, the tooth may have become infected and require root canal treatment.  Root Canal treatment is a procedure which involves the removal of the infected nerve and bacteria from the tooth; where the pulp has been infected through decay or injury. Eventually, this may lead to an abscess. If no treatment is carried out then the infection would spread. We use a local anaesthetic to ensure that you should feel no pain during the procedure.  

Our Endodontist Dr Ganase Dharrie-Maharaj will isolate the tooth with a rubber dam to ensure that the field is kept as sterile as possible and new bacterial contamination of the tooth by saliva is avoided. He uses modern flexible titanium rotary files to ensure that the canals are shaped efficiently. We only use our files once, in order to minimize fracture and reduce risk of cross infection.  During the treatment he will use a high tech apex locators to establish the length of canals and to reduce the radiographic dose. We thoroughly clean the canals with powerful disinfectants to destroy the bacteria colonies within the tooth. We then fill the canals with gutta percha root canal filling material to prevent re-infection of the tooth.   For the next 24hrs after the procedure, you may suffer with slight discomfort. This discomfort can be relieved by painkillers, if required.

What does the 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 a 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. 

You can book a Private Root Canal Consultation appointment with Gan by calling 01895 258700.