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Root canal

Root canal treatments help remove bacteria inside an infected root canal to prevent reinfection and save the natural tooth. During a root canal, the dental professional will remove the infected or inflamed pulp and carefully clean and disinfect inside the tooth, then fill and seal it.

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What happens during a root canal?

If your endodontist or dentist recommends a root canal procedure for treating a diseased or damaged tooth, you don’t need to be worried. Many people undergo a root canal yearly to treat and save their teeth. This treatment relieves pain and makes the teeth healthy again.

The pulp is inside a tooth, beneath the hard layer called dentin and the white enamel. This inner part of the tooth contains blood vessels, connective tissues and nerves, which help grow the tooth root during its development. When fully developed, the tooth can survive without the pulp because it remains nourished by its surrounding tissues.

Morden root canal treatment is different from the procedure in the past. It is similar to a filling procedure and is carried out in 1 – 2 appointments, depending on the tooth’s condition and your case. A root canal is effective and relatively painless, so you can return to regular activities quickly.

What are the advantages of a root canal?

Root canal treatment helps save the tooth, which has several advantages. They include;

  • Normal biting sensation and force
  • Natural appearance
  • Efficient chewing
  • Protect other teeth from excessive wear or strain
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Is a root canal painful?

Patients receive anaesthesia before the procedure, so any discomfort you feel is like any other regular dental procedure, such as removing a wisdom tooth or getting a filling. However, a root canal causes slight soreness and numbness, and you may feel discomfort for a few days.

How will I know I need a root canal?

Root canals are necessary for a cracked tooth resulting from genetics or injury, issues with a previous filling or a deep cavity. Patients usually need a root canal when they experience tooth sensitivity, especially to cold or hot sensations.

A few symptoms may indicate you need a root canal. They include:

  • Pimples on the gums
  • A cracked or chipped tooth
  • Severe pain when biting or chewing
  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Lingering sensitivity to cold or hot, even after removing the sensation
  • Darkening or deep decay of the gums

Can I resume school or work after a root canal?

While you may feel numb for 2 – 4 hours after a root canal, you can return to work or school immediately after the procedure. However, dentists advise against eating until the numbness clears.

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What is the cost of a root canal?

A root canal’s treatment cost varies, depending on the severity of the problem and the affected tooth. Treating molars are more difficult and costs more. Most dental insurance covers endodontic treatment.

Generally, restoring the natural tooth and endodontic restoration of treatment cost less than removing the tooth. You will replace the extracted tooth with a bridge or an implant to prevent the adjacent teeth from shifting and restore chewing function. These procedures are usually more expensive than endodontic treatment.

If you have a diseased or damaged tooth, visit McKennell Dental Practice to have our dentist examine the tooth and perform a root canal, if necessary. You can call us on 020 7834 8802 to book your root canal treatment appointment.