Root canal therapy is a treatment to save broken down teeth with nerve damage, allowing restoration to full function
When the soft tissue or nerve tissue within the tooth root becomes diseased through decay or injury the treatment options are to either extract, or to treat via endodontic or root canal treatment. If left untreated an abscess will form. An abscess is an infection that can be painful or uncomfortable; it can cause swelling to your face and neck, a high temperature and a bad taste in your mouth.
Before starting treatment, local anaesthetic will be used to completely numb the area, this means that treatment will be pain free and also will ease the pain you might already be experiencing from the abscess, decay or damaged tooth.
Endodontics involves accessing the infected nerve tissue through the top of the tooth and then shaping it using a range of instruments to create space for cleaning fluid. The cleaning fluid then effectively eliminates the source of infection. When performed to a high standard, the long term success rate of endodontic treatment is comparable to that of tooth replacement with implants. Endodontic treatment is therefore an economical way of preserving functional teeth.
As with all of our treatments at Bloxham Dental Practice, you have a choice when it comes to the treatment you would like to have for your tooth. In some cases you may wish to be referred to Nick, who has a Master’s Degree in Endodontics and would be more than happy to discuss your available options. Your dentist will be able to discuss all of these options with you prior to commencing treatment.
After gaining a First in Microbiology from Warwick University, Nick then graduated from Sheffield Dental School with Honours in 2005 Since then he has developed his interest in endodontics (root canal treatment). This resulted in him gaining his Master’s Degree in Endodontics from Warwick University in 2014. Nick is actively involved in teaching the latest root treatment techniques to other dentists via ‘hands-on’ teaching days and he is also a Foundation Dentist Trainer. He is married with two daughters.