Dentality @ Hoddesdon - Root Canal Treatment
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Root canal treatment is a dental procedure used to treat soft tissue infection caused by bacteria in the root canal system. The root canal system itself is made up of soft tissue that includes nerves and blood vessels, combined this is referred to as the pulp. If the infection in the tooth is not cleared out, the infection will spread to the surrounding tissues giving rise to a tooth abscess.
To treat the infection in the root canal system, the bacteria need to be removed. This can be done by either removing the tooth (extraction) or preserving the tooth and removing the bacteria from the root canal system (root canal treatment).
After the bacteria have been removed, the root canal will be filled and the tooth sealed with a filling or crown as a root treated tooth is more likely to fracture.
Root canal treatment is usually successful in about 9 out of 10 cases. Despite having a root canal treatment, it is still necessary to look after your teeth, as a tooth with a root canal treatment can still develop tooth decay.
Contrary to what people believe, Root canal treatment isn't normally a painful procedure. Once the tooth has been anaesthetised (numbed), you can relax knowing that there is little chance of you having pain from the procedure. If you do need root canal treatment, your dentist will discuss the procedure with you in detail.
At Dentality we use magnification, endodontic motor driven rotary nickel titanium files and thermafill obturation systems. This equipment can influence the quality of your root canal treatment and hence the long term outlook of the treated tooth.