Root Canal Treatment in Hampstead, London

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A root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged tooth.

Root canal treatment involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it. This procedure is also known as endodontic treatment.

The term ‘root canal’ comes from the name of the inside of the long roots of the tooth. Typically, root canals can become infected in a number of ways. However, the most common cause is tooth decay and tooth trauma. A cracked tooth or a deep cavity may contribute

If the root canal becomes infected, your tooth is likely to become painful. Your dentist will first take X-rays to examine where the decay is located. Then, the treatment will start with a local anaesthetic being applied to the affected area. Your dentist will clean the infected tissue, using special antiseptic fluid and files.

At a second visit, a permanent seal will be applied to the affected tooth. In between appointments, your dentist will use a temporary filling to plug the gap.

Once the root canal treatment has been completed, you may be offered a crown for the tooth. This is to protect your tooth if it is at risk of becoming damaged in future.

The local anaesthetic will be used for the procedure so you do not experience pain. However, it is usual to experience some level of pain after the anaesthetic has worn off. This is usually manageable with over the counter anti-inflammatories. Contrary to popular belief, a root canal treatment is usually no more painful than a filling.

If you’re experiencing tooth pain then contact us to book an appointment with one of our dentists.

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