Root canal therapy is needed when the pulp in a tooth becomes inflamed and infected from a build-up of bacteria. You’ll know something is wrong because of the pain and discomfort in your teeth, but no worries – that’s what we are here for.
Root canal therapy involves stripping out the infected pulp from the tooth and cleaning it thoroughly. It is generally something that can be done in a single session, although in some complex cases we might have to extend it over two sessions just to keep you comfortable. A session usually lasts around 45 minutes but might stretch to a couple of hours.
We’ll need to take a few x-rays so our dentists can see exactly what they are dealing with in the root canal treatment.
Once the tooth has been cleaned and the infected material removed, we’ll insert a filling to keep its structure. We might even recommend finishing off the treatment with a course of whitening or a veneer to hide any discolouration of defects on the front teeth and most likely a crown to support the weakened tooth structure.
The ultimate aim of root canal therapy is to save a tooth and restore its structure and get you pain free.
Root canal treatment is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury. If the pulp becomes infected it may spread through the root canal system of the tooth eventually causing an abscess.
The tooth is numbed and cleaned using special instruments in combination with antibacterial medicines. Once the tooth is cleaned and dried it is sealed and filled to prevent re-infection of the tooth.
The only alternative option to root canal treatment to remove infection is to have the tooth extracted. This will leave a space which can be left or filled with either a denture, bridge or implant.
Meet Dr Ali mubarak
BDS MSC ENDO (KCL) – GDC 148375
DENTIST WITH SPECIAL INTEREST IN ENDODONTICS
Dr Ali qualified in 1998 in India. He started working in Uk as a general dentist working in mixed practice providing all aspects of dental therapy. He developed interest in Endodontics during academic days and continued his interest whilst practising dentistry.
He obtained his post graduate degree MSc in Endodontics from King’s college London getting trained in routine endodontic procedures, re root treatment and endodontic microsurgeries.He is also a member of British endodontic society.Read More