If you are suffering from an infected tooth and looking for root canal treatment in Hoddesdon, then our experienced team of dentists would be happy to help. We provide a high level of treatment and care at affordable prices.
Find out more about root canal treatment below...
Root canal treatment (also known as endodontics) is used to save a tooth when the internal pulp tissue has become infected. The procedure involves the cleaning out of the tooth canals and filling them with a special replacement material called gutta percha, before the tooth is securely sealed.
If the condition is left untreated then it can lead to the tooth having to be removed. At Hoddesdon Dental Surgery we aim to save natural teeth wherever possible. Root canal treatment is generally more cost-effective than extraction in the long-term, as it avoids the need for a prosthetic replacement such as a dental implant.
At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed along with any abscesses that may be present. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped in preparation for the replacement material. A temporary filling is inserted and the tooth is left to settle. The tooth is checked at a later appointment and, if all the infection has cleared, it is permanently filled and sealed.
Root canals are very small, thin channels that branch off from the main pulp chamber within a tooth down to the tip of its roots. Each tooth has between one and four root canals. These internal chambers contain soft tissue called pulp, which consists of nerves, lymph and blood vessels.
Severe decay, deep fracture or an injury due to trauma, can all cause serious damage and infection to the internal pulp. This infection can spread throughout the root canals and lead to an abscess. Root canal treatment can be used to then save the tooth.
If the condition is left untreated it can lead to the degeneration of the surrounding bone, which can in-turn result in the tooth having to be removed.
Early signs that root canal treatment may be necessary include an increased sensitivity to hot and cool foods or a spontaneous pain or throbbing while biting. Severe decay or an injury that creates an abscess (infection) in the bone can also lead to treatment being required.
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