Root Canal Treatment
See how we carry out our range of root canal treatments.
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Root Canal Treatment with Love-Teeth
Root canal treatment is required when the tooth dies. This is usually due to decay in the tooth but can be due to trauma too. It has a bad reputation as being a painful procedure. Here at Love-Teeth Dental Practice, we provide very gentle and kind care and you will be well looked after throughout.
Our entertainment system has been a huge help to patients having longer treatments. Watching Netflix during treatment really seems to distract the client from what we are doing in the surgery. It seems our minds can only focus on one thing at a time!
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During Root Canal Treatment
During a root canal treatment, the pulp of the tooth is removed and replaced with a root filling. If you were experiencing pain beforehand, this will help enormously.
Normally, blood flows freely into and out of a tooth. If decay is allowed to form, the tooth may react and pressure may build up inside the tooth. The decay can be removed and the tooth filled, but it may take some weeks for the tooth to ‘settle down’.
If the pressure inside the tooth remains high and the pace of blood flow is reduced, the pressure inside the tooth may equal the pressure of the heart pumping the blood. In instances where blood to the tooth stops, the tooth will quickly die and an abscess may then form, continuing the pain from the tooth.
Back Teeth Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatments on back teeth can be more complicated because they have a number of roots. The root canals are exposed. All roots then need to be excavated, making sure that the entire tooth nerve is removed.
The cavity is then filled with gutta percha and the tooth is then filled. Most of the time root canal treatment is painless. Cases with an infection may require antibiotics first so that they settle down prior to the treatment. At Love-Teeth, we offer root canal treatment on most teeth, often even on wisdom teeth, where many dentists would extract these teeth.
Advanced Root Canal Treatment
The roots of some teeth can be extremely difficult to navigate and infected teeth with an old root filling in place may be trickier. These cases may require an endodontist.
We also have an endodontist, Gary Zolty, who is a root treatment expert. He often carries out complex treatments under a microscope for the best possible long-term prognosis for your tooth. He too is very gentle and kind.
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Understanding Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure aimed at treating infection at the centre of a tooth (the root canal system). It’s a treatment that not only relieves dental pain but can also save your teeth from extraction.
Why Might You Need a Root Canal?
When the soft tissue inside the root canal, known as the pulp, becomes inflamed or infected due to decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth, a root canal treatment becomes necessary.
Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
- Alleviates Pain: Effectively removes the cause of toothache and discomfort.
- Saves Natural Tooth: Helps in retaining your natural tooth, maintaining your natural smile and chewing ability.
- Enhances Oral Health: Prevents the spread of infection to other teeth and supports overall oral health.
What Does the Treatment Involve?
The procedure involves removing the infected or inflamed pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth, then filling and sealing it. This treatment is performed under dental sedation if necessary, to ensure patient comfort.
Aftercare and Recovery
Post-treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive for a few days. Over-the-counter pain medications can alleviate discomfort. It’s essential to practice good oral hygiene and avoid biting on hard foods until the tooth is fully restored.
Following a root canal, you may consider additional treatments for aesthetic purposes, such as dental crowns to restore the tooth’s shape and strength, or smile makeovers for a complete aesthetic enhancement.
Contact Us for More Information
If you’re experiencing dental discomfort or wish to learn more about root canal treatments and other services we offer, please contact us at Love Teeth Dental Practice. Our team is ready to assist you with all your dental needs.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
At Love Teeth Dental Practice, we understand that knowing when you might need a root canal can be challenging. Here, we’ll guide you through the common signs that indicate a root canal might be necessary.
Key Indicators for a Root Canal
Several symptoms may suggest that a root canal treatment is needed. These symptoms are your body’s way of signaling that something isn’t right with your tooth.
Persistent pain in your tooth is one of the most telling signs. This discomfort can range from mild to severe and may worsen when you bite down or apply pressure to the tooth.
Sensitivity to Hot and Cold
If your tooth aches or throbs after having hot or cold foods and drinks, it could be a sign that the nerves in your tooth are damaged or infected, requiring a root canal.
Swollen gums near the affected tooth can indicate an underlying issue that might necessitate a root canal. The swelling can fluctuate in size and may be painful to touch.
Discolouration of the Tooth
A tooth that has become discoloured, especially a darker shade, can be a sign of underlying damage to the internal tissue of the tooth, often addressed with a root canal.
Chipped or Cracked Tooth
A chip or crack in your tooth can lead to infection of the nerve and blood vessels, which can spread to the bone and gums surrounding the area.
Visit Love Teeth Dental Practice
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to visit our practice located in Manchester for a thorough examination. Our team is committed to providing you with a comfortable and informative experience. For more information or to book an appointment, please contact us.
The Root Canal Procedure Explained
We prioritise patient comfort and understanding. Here’s a step-by-step guide to how we perform a root canal procedure.
Step-by-Step Root Canal Procedure
A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. Our process is designed to ensure maximum comfort and effectiveness.
Firstly, we conduct a thorough examination of the affected tooth, including X-rays, to determine the extent of the damage or infection.
To ensure your comfort, we administer local anaesthesia to numb the area around the affected tooth. Sedation options are also available for those who may feel anxious. Learn more about our dental sedation services.
Accessing the Root Canal
Once the area is numb, we create a small opening on the surface of the tooth to access the infected or damaged pulp inside the root canal.
Removing Infected Tissue
Using specialised tools, we carefully remove the infected or inflamed tissue from the root canal, cleaning and disinfecting the area to ensure no bacteria remain.
Filling the Root Canal
After cleaning, the root canal is filled with a biocompatible material, usually a rubber-like substance called gutta-percha, and sealed with dental cement.
The final step often involves placing a dental crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect it and restore its full function.
After the procedure, we provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery and optimal results.
Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?
Root Canal Treatment and Comfort
Our primary goal is to ensure that your root canal treatment is as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
Modern Techniques and Anaesthesia
We utilise the latest dental techniques and effective local anaesthesia to ensure you feel minimal discomfort during the procedure. Our patients often report that the experience is no more uncomfortable than having a filling.
Managing Anxiety and Discomfort
We understand that dental procedures can be anxiety-inducing. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry options to help ease any anxiety and make your experience more relaxing.
After the treatment, some tenderness around the treated area is normal and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relief. This discomfort is usually temporary and subsides as the tooth heals.
Personalised Care and Support
At Love Teeth Dental Practice, we are committed to providing you with personalised care and support throughout your treatment journey. We are here to answer any questions and address concerns you may have.
Contact Us for More Information
For more details on root canal treatment or to discuss any dental concerns, please feel free to contact us. Our experienced team is ready to assist you with your dental health needs.
What to Expect After a Root Canal Treatment
After Your Root Canal Treatment
Understanding what to expect after a root canal treatment can help you prepare for a smooth and comfortable recovery.
Immediate Post-Treatment Period
Immediately after the treatment, your mouth may remain numb for a few hours. It’s important to avoid chewing on the numb side to prevent biting your cheek or tongue accidentally.
Some tenderness or discomfort in the treated area is normal and can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. This should subside within a few days.
Oral Hygiene Post-Treatment
Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial. Continue to brush and floss regularly, being gentle around the treated area to aid in the healing process.
Follow-up appointments are an important part of the treatment process. We may schedule a visit to monitor the healing process and to finalise the restoration of your tooth, often with a dental crown.
Long-Term Care and Maintenance
Long-term care of your tooth after a root canal is similar to caring for your other teeth. Regular check-ups and cleanings at our practice will help ensure the lasting success of your treatment.
Ready to Assist You
If you have any questions or concerns following your root canal treatment, or if you wish to learn more about our other services, please contact us at Love Teeth Dental Practice. Our team is committed to your oral health and comfort.
Understanding the Duration of Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Treatment Timeframe
The duration of a root canal treatment can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the condition of the affected tooth.
Single Visit Treatment
For many patients, a root canal can be completed in a single visit, typically lasting between 30 minutes to 2 hours. This depends on the number of canals in the tooth and the complexity of the procedure.
Multiple Visit Treatment
In more complex cases, such as those with multi-rooted teeth or more significant infections, multiple visits may be necessary. Each session can last a similar length of time to a single visit procedure.
Factors Affecting Treatment Time
Several factors can affect the duration of the treatment, including the severity of infection, the anatomy of the tooth’s root canals, and the need for additional dental procedures like placing a dental crown.
Personalised Treatment Planning
At Love Teeth Dental Practice, we provide personalised treatment planning to ensure the most effective and efficient treatment for your specific needs. Our goal is to restore your oral health with the least inconvenience to your schedule.
Consult With Our Team
If you have questions about root canal treatment or wish to discuss your specific case, please contact us. We are here to provide you with the information and care you need for a healthy smile.