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A root canal treatment (also called endodontic treatment) is the most frequently-performed oral surgery procedure in the UK.

If you’re experiencing severe tooth pain, you may need root canal treatment to avoid the long-term consequences of tooth decay and infection, such as abscesses and damage to your jawbone. Our dentists at Sky Dental Clinic in Bexleyheath will examine your tooth carefully to determine if root canal treatment is right for you and discuss the best course of action with you beforehand. Contact us today if you’d like to know more and whether or not it’s the right treatment for you!

Why is a root canal treatment needed?

A root canal is necessary if you have a tooth that is infected or in pain. Root canal treatment involves treating the infection at the tooth’s pulp, which is the soft inner tissue inside a tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves. This may be caused by cracks and other damage to your teeth. A dentist will remove all or most of your infected pulp during root canal treatment so it doesn’t spread further and cause even more pain.

What causes a tooth to get infected?

Causes of a root canal infection may include:

  • Dental decay (cavities) originates under the outer surface of teeth and has moved into the inner parts of the tooth.
  • Dental issues, such as chipped or cracked teeth that let bacteria inside, will cause extensive damage to your teeth.
  • Dental trauma causes root canal infections even if you can’t see the damage due to repeated dental procedures on a tooth.

How long does root canal treatment take?

On average, it takes 30 to 60 minutes to do a root canal. More complex cases may take up to 90 minutes. Usually, a root canal will take between one and two appointments to complete. If you have additional treatments, such as bridges or crowns, they may take longer. To find out whether or not you are eligible, or want advice, contact us today.

Signs you need root canal treatment

Here are some common symptoms and pain indications you may have experienced indicating you need root canal treatment:

  • Deep tooth decay.
  • Leaky fillings.
  • Extensive restoration.
  • Teeth damaged or cracked.
  • Leaky old crowns.
  • Severe gum disease.

The health of your teeth can greatly depend on how well you care for them. Sometimes it’s not possible to tell that something is wrong with your teeth without a proper examination from a dental professional. That’s why it is essential to have regular checkups and dental cleanings at Sky Dental Clinic in Bexleyheath so that we can spot problems early and treat them properly before they become too advanced. A key step in maintaining oral health is making sure that all of your teeth have a healthy pulp cavity; a tooth’s pulp cavity is the source of its blood supply and tissue.

Root canal treatment procedure

The root canal process is pretty straightforward, but it involves several steps. Here is what to expect during the procedure:

  1. Your dentist will use a local anaesthetic to lessen your pain.
  2. The person performing the procedure will drill a small hole in your tooth and rinse the tooth to remove plaque and debris.
  3. The dentist will clean the inside of your tooth three or four times with a rinsing solution. They might place the medication in your tooth if you have an infection inside of it.
  4. They’ll take X-rays to ensure the root is cleaned properly.
  5. The cavity will be temporarily repaired if you return to have the root canal completed or for the placement of a dental crown.
  6. The more permanent restoration will be installed only if your dentist can finish the root canal treatment in one appointment.

Does root canal treatment hurt?

Root canals are usually painless because dentists use a local anaesthetic before the procedure, numbing the tooth and surrounding area. So, you should feel no pain at all during the procedure. It is normal for mild pain and discomfort to persist a few days after the treatment for a root canal is conducted. Our dentists will take great care of you from start to finish during the entire process to ensure your comfort and minimise any pain or discomfort you may feel. If you require urgent treatment, we can help you at short notice.

How much will root canal treatment cost?

Patients often ask how much root canal treatment will cost. This is a hard question to answer as it depends on many factors, such as how extensive the damage is and whether or not an anaesthetic is needed. In most cases, however, you can expect root canal treatment to be cheaper than other dental treatments, such as fillings. If you have any questions about your case, feel free to contact us for more information or look at our price list.

A root canal is a procedure that can be performed to save damaged or infected teeth. While not always necessary, getting a root canal can prevent you from losing your tooth. Whether you’re suffering from severe pain or are unable to bite into food, there’s no denying that a tooth needs serious care and should be treated as soon as possible. Here at Sky Dental Clinic, we provide exceptional treatments for our patients. Our team of dentists will assess your situation carefully before deciding on a treatment plan, so don’t hesitate and contact us now to schedule an appointment.

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