Root Canal treatment

root canal treatment

 

If the pulp (the tooth blood nerve supply) becomes infected, the infection may spread throughout the root system of the tooth and create an abscess. This can be very painful and the tooth may sometimes need to be extracted. Effective Root canal treatment can prevent the spread of infection and save the tooth.

Root Canal Treatment for many patients has been in the past been less than ideal. This is partly due to the time, skill and technology it takes to prepare and carefully fill the canal where you tooth nerve once lived.

As a progressive Private Practice we pride ourselves in producing Root Fillings that stand out from the rest. We were well ahead of our time introducing advanced root canal technology including precision painless root length measuring equipment (Apexfinder - see photo) and pro-taper root canal preparing files- that are resistant to fracture and highly effective thus reducing the time it takes to create the best root filling of each root.

Apexfinder

The Final piece of the Art of Root Canal filling excellence is specific study and attending postgraduate courses. Mr.Miller having had a particular interest in Gentle, longer lasting Root Canal Treatments himself, has the pleasure of recommending our Root Canal Specialist- Dana Voosooghi to all our patients. In 2014, She completed her Masters degree in Endodontics (Root Canal), and thus is the most qualified Root canal Expert in our Team!

Root Canal Video

Dana  Vosooghi, Dentist

Dana Vosooghi

Qualifying from the University of Gothenburg (Odontologen) in 1995, Dana's Career started in general practice in Gothenburg, Sweden. While running her busy dental practice in Kent she successfully completed two certificates in Endodontology and Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry from UCL Eastman Dental Institute. Her most recent achievement is her awarded Masters degree in Endodontics in January 2014 from Warwick University. This will enable her to take on referral from other dentists and the patients to carry out complicated root canal treatments.

  1. Our careful, gentle and precise root canal treatments are very successful and no further root treatment is normally required. However, if the infection does return, the treatment can sometimes be repeated.
  2. The tooth should be safe after treatment but is often prone to fracture because of the relative weakness of the root filled tooth. We therefore normally recommend (and especially on back teeth) that the tooth is crowned to give it extra support and strength in your bite.
  3. You could have the affected tooth removed. Once the pulp is destroyed, it cannot heal, and an infected (non root filled) tooth should not be left in the mouth. Some people prefer to have an infected tooth extracted and move toward a titanium dental implant . Leaving a gap is not recommended as it tends to shorten the life of the surrounding teeth which must take more weight of bite and may move into the gap left-making oral hygiene difficult.

You will need to have at least two appointments if you have root canal treatment.

Appointment 1

Access, disinfection and dressing.

  1. At the first visit, the dentist will remove any infected pulp and drain any abscesses. The root canal can then be cleaned and shaped ready for filling.
  2. A temporary root filling is placed and the tooth is left for a short time to settle down before the next stage of the treatment.

Appointment 2

Tooth cleaned further and canal system sealed.

  1. The dentist will check that the root canals are clear from infection before cleaning further within, then the root canal system is sealed with root filling materials. 
  2. Ideally, the tooth will then be crowned. The dentist will advise you on the best option for you.
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Faq's about Root Canal treatment

Practice opening hours

  • Mon, Wed, Thurs8.15 am to 5.30 pm
  • Tuesday 8.15 am to 7.30 pm
  • Friday 8.15 am to 4.30 pm
  • Saturday 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

23-27 Swan Street
West Malling
Kent
ME19 6JU

Telephone: 01732 842 439

Email: mallingdental@btconnect.com

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