Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment,….. a good solution for pain relieve and avoiding tooth loss. Rest assured it is a pain free treatment at Bayswater Dental Clinic in centre of London, W2, with easy access.

We offer treatment with a highly experienced team of dentist

We have a high success rate with root canal treatments

We guarantee a pain free procedure

We use latest technologies and equipment

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A healthy tooth is a vital biological tissue with blood supply and nerves.  Within a tooth, there is a chamber that accommodate these, called pulp chamber. The nerves and the blood vessels come to the pulp through the root of the tooth. If the pulp chamber and the canals within the roots get inflamed as a result of infection like decay, a severe pain can be experienced.

WHEN ARE ROOT CANAL TREATMENTS NEEDED?

Root Canal Treatment is needed when the pulp chamber and the canals within the roots of a tooth are irreversibly inflamed due to infection, causing severe pain. The inflammation can be caused by many factors such as infection, otherwise known as tooth decay, fractured and broken tooth, fracture lines due to grinding and trauma of a kind. Tooth decay is one of the most common causes of infected pulp resulting in pain and need for root canal therapy to save a tooth.

IS ROOT CANAL TREATMENT PAINFUL?

No, It does not need to be a painful procedure. Before any root canal treatment is carried out patient must be well anaesthetized, so they do not feel any discomfort during the procedure. Sometimes, when there is severe acute pain with a tooth, it may take time to fully anaesthetize the patient and higher doses of local anesthetic may be needed, but without doubt, we can get patients fully anaesthetized, especially that different forms of local anesthesia are available.

WHAT IS THE SUCCESS RATE WITH ROOT CANAL TREATMENTS?

Studies has shown that, following the proper procedures as laid down by the experts (British Endodontic Society or American Endodontic Society), there is on average about 70-75% chance of success with root canal treatments over 4-5 years. Following the correct procedures for the root canal therapy, the type of materials used, the type of equipment used and the skill of the treatment provider and their experience contributes enormously to the success rate.

The success rate in re-root canal treatments can be slightly less as usually a well-developed infection already is present within the tooth and the anatomical structures around the root in jaw bone, but still has success rate in order of 70% or more.

WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT OPTIONS TO ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?

The alternative option to root canal treatment is extraction of the tooth. Although in many occasions this may look a more attractive and quicker treatment to get rid of pain or infection, but one should always considers that extraction is an irreversible process. So one should always consider the extraction option very carefully.

Extraction is usually recommended by the dentist when it is not possible to restore the tooth with core and crown after the root canal therapy is completed. If a tooth is beyond repair and is suggested to have extraction, one can either accept the gap remaining after extraction, or replace the missing tooth with denture, bridge or implant.

WHAT IS THE COST OF A ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?

The cost of a root canal treatment is very variable. The factors that influence the cost of a root canal treatment can be listed as;

1- The length of time is needed to complete the treatment. The bigger and more canals ina. Tooth, the more expensive the treatment.

2- The experience and qualification of the person providing the treatment.

3- The materials and the equipment used for the treatment.

4- The complexity of the treatment.

At Bayswater Dental Clinic all our fees are published, so you check on our website.

HOW LONG DOES A ROOT CANAL TREATMENT TAKES TO DO?

The process of root canal treatment is, in actual fact, disinfecting the inside of the tooth and the roots and then filling them. It is a very skilled and technically involved process and in order to achieve the best, the process can take time and be completed over few appointments.

The length of time it takes to complete the treatment is usually in order of several hours and depends on the tooth, its complexity and time and number of appointments it takes to finish the treatment.

WHAT DEFINES A GOOD ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?

There are two aspects to this;

1- From patient’s point of view which is all to go well and back to normal. Being pain free and able to use and chew with the tooth as usual.

2- From dentist point of view which is patient to be pain free and the tooth functions normally. This is achieved by:

  • Cleaning the canals well and disinfect.
  • Fill the canals well, close to the end of them.
  • Place a good and stable restoration on the tooth before placing a crown on the tooth for normal use.

WHEN YOU DON’T DO A ROOT CANAL TREATMENT ON A TOOTH?

There are many situations where root therapy may not possible or advised. Here is some of the more general reasons.

1- When the tooth is not predictably restorable after root canal treatment is done. It may be necessary to do a restorability assessment first to see if even if a tooth is root treated, would it be possible to restore and finish the tooth. If a tooth is deemed not restorable or has poor prognosis then alternative option of extraction may need to be considered.

2- There is no accessibility to the tooth. This is common usually with wisdom teeth.

3- Size of an infection, its severity and the risks associated with it justifies a fast treatment such as extraction.

4- Patient not being able to tolerate the procedure and treatment.