Root Canal Treatment

We acknowledge that many individuals have apprehensions about root canal treatment and often try to avoid undergoing it. However, our specialists have developed a meticulous approach to this procedure, ensuring that any associated fear is completely eliminated. In fact, we strive to transform the entire process into an exceptionally positive and comfortable experience for our patients.

Dr. Okoye works with an Endodontist (root canal specialist) to ensure the best possible experience and result.

What happens with treatment?

The aim is to remove all infected tissue inside the tooth and this is done using very fine precision instruments. A very skilled time-consuming process, it can take as many as 3 visits to complete.

  • 5We begin the root canal procedure by preparing the area for treatment. Our dentists administer numbing injections to ensure the area is fully numbed, providing a comfortable experience. A dental dam is then placed in the mouth to isolate the specific tooth requiring the root canal, protecting the surrounding teeth.
  • 5Next, we access the root canals and pulp chamber by carefully drilling through the tooth. We use specialized instruments to meticulously clean out the pulp chamber and root canals. To effectively eliminate bacteria and treat any infection present, we prefer antibacterial and antiseptic solutions to thoroughly clean and disinfect the canals.
  • 5We shape the canals using small instruments to prepare them for the filling material. After shaping, we perform a second cleaning to ensure the canals are properly prepared.
  • 5Gutta-percha, a rubber-like material, is used to fill the canals. The material is heated, allowing it to be easily placed within the canals. We compress the gutta-percha, ensuring a snug fit against the canal walls. Adhesive cement is added to further seal the canals, preventing the entry of bacteria.
  • 5We seal the access hole that is created to reach the canals with a filling, effectively protecting the tooth from bacterial intrusion. In cases where the tooth is severely damaged and requires additional support, we place a post within a canal to strengthen the tooth.
  • 5Post-treatment, we prescribe antibiotics to eliminate any remaining infection along with post-care instructions. You might experience some discomfort for a few days, but it would alleviate with pain medicines.
  • 5For molars or significantly damaged teeth, a crown is necessary. You would return for the placement of a custom-fabricated crown, providing strength and stability to the treated tooth. This permanent crown will blend seamlessly with the existing teeth, allowing the tooth to once again handle the normal forces of chewing.
Do Root Canals hurt?
Although root canal treatment is generally feared, in most cases, it is totally painless. With the advancements in modern technology, undergoing a root canal procedure is now virtually painless, comparable to getting a simple tooth filling. Furthermore, the optimal utilization of anaesthetics, along with the latest instruments and medications, has transformed the procedure into a minimally invasive one.
What if I don’t have the root canal treatment?
If left untreated, severe pain and discomfort are likely to arise as consequences of neglecting the tooth’s treatment. The infection within the tooth can progressively spread, resulting in the formation of pus and abscesses. Abscesses typically manifest as swollen areas filled with pus, often found at the root canal’s end due to the accumulation of infection.

In some cases, the abscess can become severe enough to cause swelling around the face, eye, or neck, potentially requiring immediate hospital attention. Additionally, failing to treat the tooth can lead to bone loss around the roots of the affected tooth.

What happens after my Root Canal treatment?
The tooth is often restored with a crown to provide extra strength and support to the tooth. Sometimes the tooth can discolour, but there are treatments such as teeth whitening to address this. Occasionally the treatment may need to be repeated if for any reason the infection comes back.

After the root canal treatment, you can start with your normal daily activity. Typically, this approach minimizes swelling and inflammation that may occur during conventional forms of treatment. Additionally, there is a reduced reliance on medication as part of the overall treatment process.

Contact Us Today!!

If you require a root canal procedure in London, we invite you to visit our skilled and knowledgeable dentists at London Smiling. They will make sure that the root canal treatment is painless and that you are comfortable throughout the process.

To arrange an appointment to discuss root canal treatment or explore additional services, please contact us today.