Endodontics (otherwise known as root canal therapy) is one of the most common procedures that we undertake here at The Dental Studio, Wakefield. We specialise in dealing with teeth that have been infected through decay or injury and treat diseases of the dental pulp, which is the blood or nerve supply to the tooth.
Before having root canal treatment, your treating dentist will examine your teeth with a series of X-rays of the affected tooth. This will allow them to build up a clear picture of the root canal and assess the extent of any damage.
Root canal treatment is usually carried out under local anaesthetic, which is a painkilling medication that numbs your tooth and limits any discomfort. In some cases where the tooth has died and is no longer sensitive, it may not be necessary to use local anaesthetic.
The aim of the treatment is to remove all of the infection from the root canal, it is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure and in most cases treatment will involve two or more visits to our Wakefield practice. This will also depend on the condition of the infected tooth and your oral hygiene.
At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed and any abscesses will be drained, the root canal is then cleaned, shaped and a temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle. On your second visit the tooth is assessed to ensure that all of the infection has cleared and the tooth is restored with a crown or filing for extra protection.
Following your root canal treatment It is important to look after your teeth, therefore you should avoid biting on hard foods until all treatment is complete. Most people can help prevent the need for further root canal treatment by maintaining good oral hygiene, being careful to avoid too much sugary food in your diet and quitting smoking, if you do so.
If you would like to know more about endodontics and our root canal treatment, you can arrange a consultation with your treating dentist on 01924 822097.