The most common endodontic treatment is a root canal. Here at Acorn Dental Care, we are honoured to have Dr Noushad Rahim our in-house endodontic expert. Dr Rahim welcomes referrals fellow dental colleagues. Please call 01628 778877 to book an appointment to have a consultation with Dr Rahim.
The pulp is the soft tissue inside your teeth. When the pulp becomes infected, our endodontist can safely clean, shape and fill the root canal to preserve the affected tooth. All root canal treatments are carried out with the use of an endodontic microscope.
Infection of the dental pulp can occur because of:
• Severe tooth decay
• Significant cracks or fractures
• Loose fillings
• Extreme wear and tear
All these occurrences compromise the surface of the tooth, allowing bacteria to enter the pulp chamber at the centre and causing the tissue inside to become infected.
If the infection progresses, it can spread through the tooth root and into the surrounding gum and bone tissue, causing a painful abscess or even bone loss.
The symptoms of a dental pulp infection include:
• Severe sensitivity to hot or cold
• Constant or severe toothache
• Discomfort when chewing
This procedure consists of our endodontist numbing your tooth and placing a dam around it to keep it dry. Our endodontist then drills a small hole in the top of the tooth so they can remove the pulp and decay. The tooth is filled with a special material before being sealed with a filling or a crown.
An apicectomy is performed on unsuccessful root canals. The tip of the tooth’s root is removed and sealed to prevent further infection.
A paediatric pulpotomy removes part of the pulp in a baby tooth.
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