Root Canal Treatment in Camden, North London
NW1 Dental Care are pleased to offer our patients Root Canal Treatment in Camden, North London.
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal also known as endodontics is required when the nerve or blood supply of the tooth ( the pulp) is infected through decay caused by bacterial invasion or injury. The aim of this treatment is to preserve the tooth for as long as possible.
The pulp is made up of soft tissue that includes blood vessels and nerves, also known as the nerve within the tooth. When the pulp gets infected it leads to pulpitis or inflammation of the pulp and its death (necrosis). This can result in an acute alveolar abscess, which is a very painful condition.
To maintain the tooth, root canal treatment is required to clean out the dead tissue and infection and help protect the tooth by filling the canals to stop the same infection recur.
The treatment may take from one to three visits.
Vitality test is carried out, Local anaesthetic is used if the pulp is still vital. A rubber dam is applied to isolate the tooth and this also helps with moisture control and prevent further contamination from saliva. The root canals are accessed from a small opening made on the biting surface of the tooth.
NW1 Dental care use the latest flexible titanium rotary files with specialist rotary motors to ensure that the tooth canals are shaped efficiently. Root canal files are only used once so as to minimise cross infection and fracture.
Once located and shaped, the length of the canal is measured using a high tech equipment called an apex locator. This helps reduce the need to take x-rays & unnecessary radiation exposure to patient. The canals are also thoroughly irrigated with anti-bacterial disinfectants to get rid of any residual bacteria.
Finally the root canal is dried with an absorbent paper point and filled and sealed with gutta percha a rubbery material which completely fills the canals to prevent infection from reoccurring. The tooth is then usually filled with a tooth coloured composite and patient is advised to cover the tooth with a crown in the future to prevent the tooth from fracturing. Once a tooth has been root treated the tooth structure becomes weaker and is more prone to fracture.