Root Canal Treatment Leith Edinburgh
Root canal treatment, also called Endodontics, is needed when the blood or nerve supply to the tooth, known as pulp, becomes infected through tooth decay, dental trauma or gum disease. This infection may spread through the root canal system, which could eventually lead to an abscess. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the tooth may need to be extracted.
At KF Dental we provide high quality root canal treatment using the latest equipment. Dr Pappas has been working as a Specialty Dentist in Restorative Dentistry at Royal London Hospital where he treated patients referred by their general dentist for complex root canal treatments.
The use of dental microscope allows your dentist to find and disinfect areas of the root that without the proper magnification would be left untreated leading to the failure of the root canal treatment and the potential extraction of the tooth.
A clinical and radiographic examination is necessary to diagnose the stage and the size of the infection. Recent developments in the diagnosis and technology allows us to complete the root canal treatment in only one visit. In some cases, however and depending on the cause of your symptoms more visits might be necessary before your root canals are filled.
The aim of the root canal treatment is to remove the bacteria from the space that exists within the roots (root canals). After the space is cleaned and shaped, the root canals are filled with a rubber-like tissue friendly material called gutta-percha.
The gutta-percha is placed with an adhesive cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canals. In the vast majority of cases, the root canal treatment involves little or no discomfort.
Cleaning the root canals may cause some slight tenderness but usually over-the-counter pain killers alleviate the discomfort. Very rarely the area might get swollen and in this case antibiotic cover is necessary.
At KF Dental a dental microscope in combination with dental laser for the efficient disinfection of the root is used in order to minimise the risk of failure of your endodontic treatment.
Five root canals were located and disinfected with the use of the dental microscope. Without the adequate magnification failure to find all root canals would increase the possibility of failure of the root canal treatment.
High magnification during the treatment allowed us to locate a crack line that was the main cause for the infection of the tooth.