Root Canal Treatment
Be Free from Pain. Talk to our dentists about Root Canal Therapy (endodontic treatment).
Matthew Tushingham BDS MFDS MSc (Endodontics)
Matthew has been a clinician at Boutique Dental 23 since graduating from Liverpool in 2005.
From this broad background of general dentistry Matthew has subsequently developed a specialist interest in Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment) and was awarded a Masters degree from the University of Central Lancashire in 2016.
The practice is fully equipped with facilities to allow the highest possible standards in modern endodontics. Cases are undertaken using an operating microscope and the practice has further specialised endodontic equipment to allow the completion of a wide range of cases including:
- Consultations and endodontic opinions
- Primary cases and re-treatments
- Management of curved and sclerosed canals
- Removal of posts
- Management of open apicies
- Management and subsequent treatment of dental trauma
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What is a root canal treatment?
Teeth have roots and inside each of your teeth there is a mixture of blood vessels and nerves called pulp. The pulp chamber within the root is called the root canal. A root Canal treatment treats infection inside the root canal, by cleaning and then filling the canal.
Who needs root canal treatment?
If your tooth is damaged, bacteria can get inside it. This causes pain and swelling. If the pulp inside the tooth becomes infected, this can spread into the pulp inside the root canal. You may need a root canal if you tooth is decayed, cracked , you have a broken crown , you have cracked fillings or if you suffer a blow to the mouth.
Is root canal treatment safe and is it painful?
Yes this treatment is safe .The treatment is usually done under local anaesthetic, this completely blocks pain from your tooth and jaw area.
What will happen during the procedure?
Your dentist will examine you and ask about your symptoms, including any pain you’re having. They will ask about your medical history and will take an X-ray of your tooth. This can help to show which tooth is causing your pain and needs treatment, and how far any infection has spread. These examinations are necessary for your dentist to make sure that the tooth is not too badly damaged for root canal treatment. Once the area is numb, your dentist will place a thin rubber sheet inside your mouth. This is called a rubber dam and covers everything except the tooth being worked on. It helps to keep the area around the tooth clean and stop the spread of any infection. Using a drill, your dentist will make a hole in the top of your tooth and remove the pulp. They will clean out the empty hole using small instruments called files and a liquid to irrigate and disinfect the inside of the tooth. The instruments help to make the canals a more regular shape to enable the tooth to be filled and cleaned more precisely. The irrigating liquid makes sure that all infected material is flushed out. Once the tooth is clean, your dentist will fill and sealed.
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