The mention of root canal treatment always elicits a shudder. We understand that even the toughest of people feels particularly vulnerable when it comes to dental issues – and root canal seems to have become a focal point for these nerves.
At our central London specialist dental practice, our experienced endodontists are prepared for this and talk their patients through the process carefully before any treatment commences. They encourage patients to ask as many questions as they need – here are just three of the most frequently asked.
1. Is it going to hurt?
No, it isn’t. In the past, it may have been uncomfortable and occasionally painful – but with effective local anaesthesia, analgesics and antibiotics available, there is no reason for your treatment to make you grimace.
2. What happens if I don’t have root canal treatment?
The objective of root canal treatment is to save your teeth; if the condition is left untreated, the tooth will eventually need to be removed. If you wish, you can fill the gap with an implant or denture – but the natural tooth is always preferable in terms of functionality.
Act sooner and not only do you get to keep your teeth but you will save yourself pain along the way: if the pulp inside the root becomes inflamed, an abscess may form and this can become extremely painful.
3. How can you clean something as small as a root canal?
At 76 Harley Street in London, we bring together a range of experts into one specialist dental practice; a huge benefit of this approach is that we are able to equip ourselves with the most high-tech equipment – with just one item being the high magnification microscope employed by our endodontists to facilitate the meticulous cleaning of the inside of the root canals.