Root Canal Treatment In London Waterloo
1. Root Canals are recommended or needed when an untreated cavity has caused deep decay in the centre of the tooth or there is an infection deep within the tooth. Deep cavities close to the centre of the tooth may not display symptoms immediately, however, they can be diagnosed using x-rays. Infection symptoms, when they appear, can range from mild to severe discomfort and may become more intense the longer you live with the discomfort. You may feel pain after eating hot or cold foods, which could linger for 30 seconds or more. The pain may feel like constant throbbing or pressure on your tooth, in which case eating and chewing might aggravate the tooth even more. A dental visit is necessary to treat this kind of tooth pain.
2. Sometimes a tooth may show no symptoms at all and still need a root canal. The dentist may notice discoloration of the tooth and suggest an X-ray to examine the root tip area. In this instance, it’s possible that a mouth injury such as crack in the tooth or severe tooth surface loss / wear has traumatised the tooth.
Root Canal – what if its left untreated?
1. A Root Canal is required typically if there’s an infection deep within the tooth. Without treatment, the infection could progress, causing the tooth to deteriorate further and increasing likelihood of further bone loss around the tip of the tooth. Surrounding teeth and bone structure could also be impacted if left untreated.
2. This can be accompanied by swelling and sensitivity along with mild to severe pain. In some cases, you may have an abscessed tooth and require immediate root canal treatment.
How can Root Canal treatment help?
1. The goal of the procedure is to try to save the tooth where the nerve is infected. Preserving your natural teeth where possible is often the preferred option. The Root Canal Treatment clears the infection in the centre of the tooth, seals it with a sealant and dressing, and then restores tooth strength using filling material and Crowns (where required).
Do I need a Crown after a Root Canal?
The goal of a Root Canal is to save your natural tooth. The Root Canal saves a tooth from decay, but it can also weaken it in the process. The dentist drills through the tooth and removes infected and decayed enamel, dentin and pulp. As a result, teeth with large cavities are weak even when the cavities are filled. To prevent the tooth from cracking or fracture, often a Crown or Inlay restoration is advised; a Crown or Inlay provides extra protection to the tooth and also restores the natural appearance of the tooth. However, not all teeth need Crowns – our dentist can advise when this is the case.
A. Root Canal – Stage 1 (first appointment)
1. The dentist first applies a local anaesthesia to numb the tooth. They will then use very small tools to access the inside of the tooth by creating an opening in the top portion of the tooth. The damaged and diseased pulp (or nerves) are removed from the canals within the root of the tooth. Clearing the pulp or nerves drains the infection; the canals are then washed with an anti-bacterial solution to kill any remaining bacteria.
2. Once the canals are thoroughly cleaned and dried, the dentist places an anti-bacterial dressing within the tooth and covers the opening with a temporary filling.
B. Root Canal – Stage 2 (second appointment)
1. The dentist will widen the canals cleaned in the first appointment. They will wash the canals with an anti-bacterial solution to kill any bacteria remnants and reduce the risk for further infection. The canals are then filled with Gutta-percha to seal the tooth.
2. The core of the tooth is then built up with a filling material to protect the treated tooth from bacteria and to strengthen them in the process. Depending on the condition of your natural tooth, the dentist may need to place a small supporting post inside the tooth to make the restoration more stable.
C. Tooth Restoration (third appointment)
1. A few weeks after the Root Canal treatment, the dentist will typically finish the treatment by placing a permanent Crown or a similar type of restoration on the top of the tooth. For many root canal procedures, fitting Crowns over the tooth is necessary because of the high risk of fracture without the extra protection Crowns provide. A Crown also restores the natural appearance of the tooth.
2. Some teeth may not need a crown (e.g. front teeth) if there is reasonable tooth structure intact. However, you might still prefer the improved appearance a Crown offers.
Root Canal Treatment – Anterior (price is per tooth and depends on complexity) from £345
Root Canal Treatment – Pre-Molar (price is per tooth and depends on complexity) from £425
Root Canal Treatment – Molar (price is per tooth and depends on complexity) from £500
Crowns (prices are per unit and depend on material selected) from £525
Bridges (prices are per unit and depend on material selected) from £525