If a tooth or teeth get infected, then root canal treatment is a long-lasting solution and a fantastic option for many people. Our dentists in St Helier are experienced practitioners that can remove the infection and install a root canal, which is often a permanent fix if they are cared for correctly.
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment or therapy (endodontics) can save an infected tooth from needing to be extracted and also stops the infection in its tracks. The treatment involves removing the infected pulp from the innermost part of the tooth.
The pulp is made up of soft tissue, including nerves and blood vessels, and extends from the crown to the tips of the root. Damage to the pulp is normally caused by decay, a deep filling or trauma to the tooth. Symptoms can include pain, increased sensitivity to temperature, discolouration of the affected tooth, a metallic taste, gum tenderness or swelling.
Root Canal Treatment steps
Root canal therapy usually requires several appointments and at our Saint Helier surgery, it will depend on the type of tooth being treated. When the custom tooth has been prepared, it will be covered and temporarily restored until the next appointment.
- The infected pulp is removed under a local anaesthetic and the root canals are flushed with an anti-bacterial solution
- The canals are expertly shaped with tiny, flexible instruments and washed again to remove any debris
- The freshly cleaned root canals are then filled to seal the tooth and prevent bacteria from entering
- The tooth is finally topped off with a permanent filling or crown to help restore tooth shape and functionality
How to Care for Your Root Canal
Like any dental treatment, it is so important that you look after your teeth to ensure it stays healthy and in good condition. Make sure you keep on top of brushing and flossing your teeth properly, to ensure they stay in great condition.
If looked after properly, your root canal treated tooth should remain trouble-free. Even though the pulp has been removed, the tooth will stay intact as the canals have been sealed and re-infection prevented. Regular check-ups are recommended so any problems can be detected early.
Opt for Quality Root Canal Treatment in St Helier
At our friendly dental practice in Sutton and Morden, we have a team of dentists that have years of experience performing high-quality root canals. With an array of qualifications, our expert dental practitioners can offer you a professional service, to ensure you have a smile you are proud of.
We understand the importance of experiencing a great service and receiving sage advice and we strive to offer this to our patients, in the Saint Helier area.
To learn more about root canal treatment visit our local St. Helier Dental Surgery, or contact us. You can also register with us if you are looking for a local and reliable dentist and are searching for great treatment in the Morden and Sutton area.