Oxford Dental Centre

162 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BT

01865 515 806

 

As an established practice specialising in general dentistry in Oxford we provide a complete range of services for patients of all ages. By paying due care and attention to the long-term effectiveness of the treatments we administer, Oxford Dental Centre can help patients retain their natural teeth for the remainder of their life. At Oxford Dental Centre we are committed to delivering optimum standards of dental care for patients of all ages. That is why we provide a full range of general dental treatments, from routine examinations to root canal therapy.

 

 

Root Canal

Take the Pain out of the Root Canal

 


 

Root canal treatment is one of the most complex dental procedures carried out. It is a skilled and time-consuming procedure.

 

Our caring staff is accomplished in treating the most difficult root canal treatment cases. We often have great success in treating patients who are experiencing pain or want to save their natural tooth, which might otherwise need extraction. By choosing Root canal treatment, you are choosing to keep your natural teeth. If left untreated, you could experience greater discomfort and it could lead to a serious infection.

 

Treatments are performed to the highest standards using the latest techniques and materials. Our Dentists have extensive experience in this treatment and will ensure every possible step is taken to make you feel relaxed and at ease. A local anaesthetic is also used to assist in your comfort.

 

 

Signs you may require root canal treatment:

 

  • Tooth sensitivity to sweets or hot and cold liquids.
  • Constant or intermittent throbbing tooth ache and pain.
  • Pain with biting pressure.
  • Tissue swelling of the face.

 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or suspect you may require root canal treatment, please make an appointment with Oxford Dental Centre as soon as possible and we will take care of this urgent dental treatment.

 

 

Length of Treatment

 

Root canal treatment mostly requires more than one visits, but sometimes it can be completed in a single visit depending on the situation. Some teeth have more roots than other, some teeth have curved root canals that are difficult to find - treating such tooth will require multiple visits. Moreover, teeth with chronic infections require more than one visits.

 

 

Teeth have different numbers of canals:

 

  • The top front teeth have one canal.
  • The bottom front teeth have one or two canals.
  • The premolars have one or two canals.
  • The molars have two, three or four canals.

 

 

 

 

After the Treatment

 

After root canal treatment is over, a temporary filling is placed over the tooth which needs to be replaced with a crown as soon as possible. Tooth become brittle after root canal treatment. The purpose of the crown is to restore the tooth's strength and protect it from cracking. If the temporary filling is left too long, there are chances that bacteria from your mouth may re-infect the tooth.

 

The tooth may be sore for two to three days after the treatment. The worse the infection and inflammation you had, the more sensitive the tooth will be after treatment. Avoid chewing on the affected side.

 

The pulp which is removed during root canal treatment is the part which responds to temperature. After removal of infected pulp your tooth will no longer be sensitive to hot or cold.

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 

 

Who is an "Endodontist"?

 

An Endodontist is a dentist specialised in diagnostic and treatment of problems associated with the inside of the tooth. To become specialists, they do training in endodontics after completing dental school. Endodontist are considered capable of performing routine as well as complex endodontic procedures, including re-treatment of previous root canals that have not healed completely, as well as endodontic surgery.

 

 

Why does a root filling cost more than a normal filling?

 

A root canal filling treatment is a time-consuming process. This process takes more time than routine filling and is performed usually over two visits. Not just that, root canal fillings require a great deal of specialist equipment and extra training, which adds to the overall cost.

 

 

Why is root canal treatment needed?

 

If the pulp becomes infected, the infection spreads through the root canal system of the tooth. This may eventually lead to an abscess. An abscess is an inflamed area in which pus collects and can cause swelling of the tissues around the tooth. The symptoms of an abscess can range from a dull ache to severe pain, and the tooth may be tender when you bite. If root canal treatment is not done, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.

 

 

Can all teeth be treated with Root Canal?

 

Most teeth can be treated with Root Canal except in some situations where:

  • the root canals are not accessible,
  • the root is fractured,
  • the tooth doesn't have enough bone support,
  • the tooth cannot be restored.

 

When endodontic treatment is not possible the tooth will be extracted and the resulting space (gap) left can be closed by use of implants or bridges.

 

 

What will happen afterwards?

 

After root canal treatment is over, a temporary filling is placed over the tooth which needs to be replaced with a crown as soon as possible. Tooth become brittle after root canal treatment. Purpose of the crown is to restore the tooth's strength and protect it from cracking. If the temporary filling is left too long, there are chances that bacteria from your mouth will reinfect the tooth.

 

The tooth may be sore for a few days after the treatment. The worse the infection and inflammation you had, the more sensitive the tooth will be after treatment. Avoid chewing on the affected side.

 

The pulp which is removed during root canal treatment is the part which responds to temperature. After removal of infected pulp your tooth will no longer be sensitive to hot or cold.

 

 

I have been advised by dentist that I need Root Canal Treatment, but the tooth doesn't hurt me. Should I be bothered?

 

When the pulp gets destroyed from inside of the tooth because of an infection that has carried on for several months, the tooth dies. The nerve inside the tooth no longer transmit any messages so there will be no pain sensation. However, the bacteria inside the tooth can still flourish leading lead to formation of an abscess. Early treatment of the tooth will remove this infection before it worsens and will prevent the abscess from becoming a big problem.

 

 

Will I need to have a crown put on after root canal treatment?

 

Crowns are made from a variety of material like porcelain, metal which fit over your tooth to protect it. They are commonly referred to as caps. Crowns are used to protect teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by a large filling, decay or after root canal treatment.

 

Following a root canal treatment, the tooth loses its ability to protect itself from heavy biting forces. It is therefore prone to fracture if left unprotected using a crown.

 

 

Is root canal treatment painful?

 

In most cases, you will not feel any pain while root canal procedure is carried on. The dentist will first numb your tooth and the surrounding area before starting the procedure. The injection itself is made virtually painless using gels applied to the surface of the skin. (topical anaesthetics).

 

 

I am having root canal treatment. How long will the restored tooth last?

 

After root canal treatment the restored tooth will last if it remains free of any further disease. It will therefore be like any other teeth in your mouth.

 

Contact us today at 01865 515 806 and schedule your initial consultation.

 

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Oxford Dental Centre

162 Banbury Road

Summertown, Oxford

OX2 7BT

Tel: 01865 515 806

Fax: 01865 515 809

Email: info@oxforddentalcentre.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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