Endodontic therapy or root canal treatment is a sequence of treatment for the infected pulp of a tooth, which results in the elimination of infection and the protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion. Performed well, root fillings can often be the difference between loosing or keeping a tooth.
If you have an infection in your body, white blood cells will be drawn to where there is bacteria; in an attempt to fight the infected area. The unique problem with infection of the root canals, is that the blood vessels supplying the pulpal tissues, have died. Therefore, as there is no blood supply into the root canal, there is also no immune system. This then allows a comfortable place for bacteria to reside, safe from the bodies’ immune system that is trying to remove them.
Root canal treatment often occurs over a series of appointments, depending on how badly infected the canals are. The process of treating the relevant area, includes removing the nerve and pulp, followed by cleaning bacteria from inside the tooth; which is then sealed.
Despite this, strict disinfection and compliance guidelines mean that we’re restricted on the number of patients we can see and the type of treatments that we can provide.
We will contact you in due course if; while we were closed your dental treatment was disrupted, you are due a routine appointment or you had an appointment cancelled.
Please still call the practice if you have a dental emergency.
Your visit to us will look different to what you’re used to – please watch the video below for important information regarding your appointment.