Root canal therapy
Eliminate the toothache, not the tooth
When we say the words ‘root canal’, most people automatically think ‘pain’. And while nobody would describe getting a root canal as a joyous way to spend a Wednesday afternoon, we really do believe we can change perceptions about root canal here at Holmes Dental Care. Modern root canal is nothing like what patients may have experienced a few decades ago – in fact, it’s considered as routine as getting a filling. At Holmes Dental Care, we offer a range of pain-relief options, including dental sedation – so your root canal procedure really is nothing to fear.
For patients requiring more complex root canal treatment, our dentist Lyndon Meehan, has a special interest in Endodontics and extensive experience in managing more advanced treatments.
Root canal causes and symptoms
If you experience sudden toothache, sensitivity to hot and cold, swelling around a tooth, or a darkened tooth, it may be that the inside of your tooth – the dental pulp – has become infected. This can happen for a number of reasons – tooth decay and gum disease, injury, cracking, or stress caused by repeated treatments. Broken crowns and damaged fillings are also major culprits. Don’t ignore the symptoms – often they subside as the nerves inside your tooth die off, only to return more aggressively as the infection spreads to the tissues surrounding your tooth, which can cause an abscess.
The root canal procedure
Root canal treatment can be carried out in-house at Holmes Dental Care, and we use a state-of-the-art dental microscope for the most accurate results. In addition to the dental microscope we can use high powered magnification for added visibility, then ozone and lasers for disinfection – also used are state of the art filing and filling systems (Wave One Reciproc and System B Obtura respectively to ensure optimal outcomes). Though root canal therapy is considered routine, it can be a lengthy process, so you may want to bring headphones with you. After numbing your tooth (putting an end to your toothache) and isolating it with a rubber dam (this helps you to swallow comfortably), the dentist will open up your tooth and use special tools to remove the infected tissue. The empty pulp chamber is then thoroughly disinfected and sealed with a flexible filling material called gutta percha. In most cases, you will need to return to the practice to have your tooth strengthened with a crown.
Root canal therapy should not cause any discomfort and will instantly eliminate your toothache.
As with many dental procedures, you can expect to feel a little discomfort for the first 24-48 hours, but this is manageable with over-the-counter painkillers. You may need to chew on the other side of your mouth while your root-treated tooth is healing, and it is likely you will need to get a dental crown to strengthen your tooth fully.
Keeping your tooth is always the best option, because it preserves the structure of your jaw, preventing the bone loss that happens when teeth are missing. Keeping your tooth also prevents your other teeth from shifting position, which can lead to further dental problems.
You can carry on as normal once the anaesthetic has worn off, though the full healing period will take around a week – just be careful with what you eat, how you chew and maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine.
Thank you Barry for your expertise, your skills and your professionalism. And, to all the Team for your wisdom, your humour and your care!
A challenging day for me yesterday but thank you all you eased the pain. In my memory bank I know it will remain a fascinating and positive experience. I am confident I am in safe hands.CD, had bone grafting
Very professional & very happy with treatment. My teeth look so much betterJT, had Six Month Smiles braces, general restorative and a dental implant
than when I started coming here. Thank you.
Just a quick email to say a HUGE THANK YOU for the fantastic orthodontic treatment I have recently had carried out on my teeth.
After many years of being unhappy with my uneven teeth and subsequent smile and after numerous visits to many dentists over the years I was informed that my teeth were as good as they were going to get. I thought that it would be to late in life for me to have the orthodontic work carried out and because of this I was resigned to living the rest of my life with my uneven teeth.
Thanks to Mr Barry Holmes and his staff I am now more than happy to show my teeth and give a full smile whenever needed. However it took until my 53rd Birthday for me to feel proud and confident of my teeth and subsequent perfect smile.
The added bonus for me personally was that all the orthodontic work was carried out in 6 months with little pain or discomfort.
Once again a HUGE THANK YOU to Mr Barry Holmes and all staff for making this happen. I would not hesitate in recommending the practice to anyone as it just goes to prove that it is never to late.KM, had Six Month Smiles braces & restorative treatment