Many people can be nervous about having root canal treatment as they think it will be a lengthy and painful procedure but this does not have to be the case!
Root canal treatment (also called Endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply is infected through decay or injury. If the pulp of the tooth becomes infected then an abscess may form and this can be incredibly painful – if nothing is done then the infection may spread and the tooth would have to be removed. Rather than let that happen, it is best to save the tooth by having root canal treatment.
Root canal treatment is a skilled and time consuming procedure. Here at Haynes Dental we have state of the art equipment to ensure our Endodontist is able to provide a high quality of care.
Most courses of root canal treatment take 2 or 3 visits. At the first appointment the Endodontist will do a consultation to see what treatment will be required. Once a treatment plan is agreed, the next appointments are made. The first stage of treatment requires the pulp to be removed and any abcesses drained; for this we have an on-site operating microscope. Next the root canal is cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle. The tooth is then checked at a later visit and when all infection is removed the tooth is filled. It is sometimes necessary to strengthen the tooth with a crown to provide extra support.
Our Specialist Endodontist
Dr Alexander W Mustard is our Specialist Endodontist at Haynes Dental. This means that he had undertaken additional study, specialising in root canal treatments, and consequently is an highly skilled Endodontist.