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Endodontics

Saving teeth

Endodontic Specialist Dr Peter Davis has extensive expertise in treating dental root canals, resolving difficult endodontic cases and saving teeth from being extracted.

A root canal treatment is one of the most complex dental procedures carried out. This treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for bridges or dental implants.

Peter is a registered Specialist Endodontist with the General Dental Council.  This means he is in a position to provide an exceptional level of care in root canal treatment using the latest proven technology which can result in the long term retention of teeth.

While all dentists receive basic training in performing root canal treatment there are dentists who specialise in this form of treatment and they are called “Endodontists”. To become an Endodontist a dentist must complete several years of specialist postgraduate training and be registered on the General Dental Councils Specialist Lists.

What is canal treatment? 

canal-treatment-smlRoot canal treatment is the process by which a dentist treats the internal aspects of the tooth, specifically a long hollow chamber (root canal) that contains pulp tissue.

This pulp tissue is commonly referred to as the “nerve” and whilst containing nerves it also contains blood vessels, lymphatics and connective tissue.

A root canal treatment is required when the pulpal tissues have died or are dying.

 

 

 

Why have root canal treatment?

root-canal-treatmentIf you have an infection in your body your immune system, transported in your blood, will be drawn to the area where bacteria that have caused the infection can be destroyed and removed. The unique problem with infections of the root canals is that the blood vessels supplying the pulpal tissues have died. Therefore as there is no blood supply into the root canal there is also no immune system. This then allows a comfortable place for bacteria to reside safe from the bodies’ immune system that is trying to remove them.

By having the root canal treatment this is effectively doing your bodies’ work for you, as it cleans out all of the bacteria preventing any more coming in. This allows the body to then heal the tissues surrounding the tooth that have been damaged by the inflammation caused by the infection.

 

 

Example of lower molar root canal treatment

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Figure 18. Preoperative radiograph of the LL6

    Figure 19. Postoperative radiograph of the LL6

 


 

 

 

 

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