Endodontics or root canal treatment is carried out on teeth where the nerve of the tooth has been damaged by decay or trauma.
This treatment may also be necessary prior to crowning a tooth. Root canal treatment involves the removal of the pulp tissue of a tooth when it becomes irreversibly inflamed or infected.
Debris within the canals is removed and the canals are cleaned and disinfected prior to being filled and sealed with a root filling. The tooth is then restored back to its full shape and function with a permanent filling or a crown.
Root canal treatment is needed when the blood or nerve supply of a tooth is infected through decay or injury. The infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth and this could lead to an abscess causing swelling of the tissues around the tooth and you may experience pain. Root canal treatment is used to remove the infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out. Treatment usually involves 2 or more visits.
“Mr & Mrs Brown run a family dental business in Hampton Wick and I have been looked after extremely well. They have gone out of their way to make sure that you, as a patient, feel special. They always take the time to ask me how my family are and take great care to ensure that each appointment is as easy and stress free as possible.
On one occasion I had great pain after a particularly difficult root canal treatment with the wonderful endodontist Apos, and Mr Brown took the trouble to drive to my house after work to give me a higher dosage of pain killer. Mrs Brown phoned me and everything was done to make sure that I did not suffer.
I cannot recommend the Hampton Wick Dental Centre highly enough.”
“Like a lot of folk, who aren’t particularly enamoured with metal implements being probed inside their mouths, I hadn’t visited the dentist for some time, 7 years to be exact, and would have quite happily carried on in ignorant bliss of any dentist. So, I was rather dismayed when part of a tooth broke off and I was forced to find a new one, fortunately my boss recommended hers at The Hampton Wick Dental Centre.
For someone with a nervous disposition around dentists I was grateful to find that they completely understood how I felt, they took their time and generally put me at my ease.
I have had several treatments with them and was able to do all the essential work I needed to restore my teeth to their former glory with one of their payment plans. Amongst these treatments, were a new and an old root canal, which are unpleasant at the best of times (I think they must have been drilling for oil when I was a kid). However, not only was I happy that the greek god Apos would be performing those treatments but that I was so relaxed, I could listen to my ipod whilst under sedation.
Post treatment I was shown x-rays of these teeth, they were works of art, if you can say that about dental treatment. A word of warning though, don’t do what I did whilst under sedation and make a slight snorting noise, its not an attractive noise to make in front of anyone, not least whilst in the company of Apos, the marvel of root canal treatments.”