Root Canal Treatment (Endodontics) in Clapham Junction, Battersea

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) may be needed when the pulp of a tooth gets inflamed. This could be due to infection, decay or trauma. You may not get any pain in the early stages of the infection. Sometimes, your tooth could darken in colour, which may mean that the nerve of the tooth has died (or is dying). When this happens root canal treatment maybe required.

Why is root canal treatment needed?

When the pulp becomes damaged due to infection or decay thats when root canal treatment may be needed. This could lead to an abscess. An abscess is an inflamed area in which pus collects and can cause swelling of the tissues around the tooth. You may get dull ache to severe pain and the tooth may be tender when you bite.

What happens if I don't have root canal treatment?

If root canal treatment is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out. The infection can cause severe pain and facial swelling. The tissues around the tooth can be damaged if the infection spreads.

Does root canal treatment hurt?

Not at all. The tooth is numbed with local anaesthetic and then procedure is painless. It will feel like you are just having a filling done. Sometimes there may be mild tenderness afterwards but this should gradually get less over time.

What happens during the treatment?

The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root canals are then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection.

Root canal treatment is a very skilled and precise procedure. At Confidental Clinic in Clapham Junction, Battersea we have an endodontist that performs root canal treatment and we also have general dentists that can perform root canal treatment too. The treatment will be discussed fully with you and most appropriate dentist will carry out the treatment for you.

What happens if i don't have root canal treatment?

If you do not wish to have root canal treatment you will most likely loose the tooth as the infection may get worse. If you loose the tooth then you may want the tooth replaced or you will be left with a gap, a gap has many disadvantages which include teeth moving, problems eating, unsightly gaps and food trapping.

What happens to the tooth after treatment?

Sometimes the tooth can discolour after root canal treatment. If this happens there are lightning treatments available to improve the tooth colour. The tooth normally requires protection ( see below)

Success of root canal treatment.

Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back, the treatment can sometimes be repeated. Success rates depend on the severity of the infections and operator experience and training.

Alternatives to root canal treatment?

The alternative is to have the tooth out. Once the pulp is destroyed it can't heal, and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. Although some people would prefer to have the tooth out, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.

If you do decide to have the tooth extracted you may want the gap filled in. Options are dentures, bridges or implants.

Will my tooth require further treatment?

Sometimes you may just need a filling to obturate the access hole made for the root canal treatment. But most of the time you may need an inlay or onlay or crown if its a back tooth or if theres not much tooth left for a filling. This will be advised to you so that the tooth is restored in the best way.  This may vary from one tooth to another.

What about aftercare?

Root-treated teeth should be treated just the same as any other tooth. Oral hygiene is very important and diet. Cut down on sugary foods and drinks, and keep them only to mealtimes if possible. See your dentist as often as they recommend for regular check-ups.

Prevention.

Seeing the dentist regularly for check ups to prevent possible problems and also to detect any problems early so that the minimal treatment can be done. This will reduce your costs and any pain you may get if problems are not detected early.

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