Endodontics in Brentwood, Essex
Sovereign House Dental Centre are based Brentwood, Essex and offer expert help and advice on Endodontic (root canal treatment).
Root canal treatment
Healthy (vital) teeth have a nerve supply and a blood supply within the pulp of the tooth. On occasions, decay, deep filings or trauma can damage the pulp tissue, and the pulp becomes inflamed and the tissue may die and the tooth becomes non-vital.
Non-vital teeth may be completely symptom free and are sometimes discovered on routine x-rays. At other times, the tooth develops symptoms such as being very reactive to hot and cold temperatures within the mouth, pain on biting or poorly localised pain. There may be signs of an infection, such as swelling or a ‘spot’ on the gum.
The treatment for an inflamed or dead pulp is the removal of the pulp tissue and its replacement with an inert filling material, a process known as root canal treatment. This is carried out under a ‘dam,’ which stops the root canal being infected by bacteria in the mouth, and with a local anaesthetic, so that the procedure, which is carried out over one or two visits, is painless.
On occasions, patients are referred to our Brentwood Dental Centre because a root canal treatment has failed and requires re-treatment with one of our Specialists, who use high magnification when treating the tooth. Sometimes a minor surgical procedure, an apicectomy, is required to treat persistent infections around the end of a tooth root.
Your endodontist will advise you on the treatment required to preserve your tooth, and treatments generally have a high success rate. You will be asked to return to your dentist for the final restoration of the tooth.