We will always endeavour to save your teeth rather than remove them, because natural teeth are best. The loss of even one tooth can have a detrimental effect on your mouth and can lead to your other teeth drifting into the gap, which can cause problems with your bite.
One of the ways we can prevent the loss of a tooth is with root canal treatment. The treatment is usually pain free and involves the removal of the pulp tissues from the centre of your tooth in the event that this becomes infected or inflamed. A root canal treated tooth can function normally and can be maintained with routine dental care and oral hygiene measures.
Our team of root canal experts are all registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) and our practice is regulated and monitored by the Care Quality Commission so you can rest asssured you're in safe hands here with us.
Root Canal Treatment Process
Opening made in tooth
Infected tissue removed & canals cleaned
The canals are filled with a permanent material
Opening sealed with filling. A post may also be inserted for added stability
New crown cemented onto rebuilt tooth
Signs of pulp damage may include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth, swelling, tenderness of the overlying gums or a bad taste in the mouth.
On the other hand, there may be no symptoms at all. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can eventually cause pain, swelling and loss of the supporting bone.
How much does root canal treatment cost?
We have made sure our fees are extremely competitive when compared to other dentists in Beckenham and Kent. Therefore, our root canal treatment prices start from £375.
If you're looking for painless root canal in Kent then we can help. Root canal treatment procedures are relatively comfortable and often painless as the tooth is anaesthetised during treatment.
After your root canal treatment, the tooth may be sensitive or tender for a few days due to inflammation of the surrounding tissues. Taking over-the-counter painkillers can relieve this discomfort. However, if the pain persists and is severe, or a swelling occurs, you should contact us immediately.
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a) When the nerve and blood vessels in the tooth (dental pulp) are inflamed and degenerated. This is usually accompanied by pain.
b) If the dental pulp degenerates completely, the root canals can become infected, leading to formation of an abscess, with or without discomfort on bite.
Tooth decay, cracks, large fillings, trauma or even tooth wear can sometimes cause irreversible damage to the dental pulp.
A routine root canal treatment can take between 1.5 and 2 hours.
The success rate for root canal treatment is 80% - 95%. The success depends on firstly being able to access the canals and secondly on the ability to disinfect the entire length of the root canals. In some cases this is not possible due to the extent of the infection, technical difficulties and complications. Provided the tooth is subsequently restored, it should last for many years.