Root Canal Treatment

Sharon was referred to the practice by one of her friends as she was experiencing continued pain with her molar tooth and had received several courses of antibiotics from her dentist. Her dentist had advised that Sharon’s tooth needed to come out or that it needed root canal treatment. Sharon was worried about losing a tooth so wanted our opinion as to whether the tooth could be saved.

Root canal treatment (also called ‘endodontics’) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (called the ‘pulp’) is infected through decay or injury. Unlike Sharon, you may not feel any pain in the early stages of the infection. In some cases your tooth could darken in colour, which may mean that the nerve of the tooth has died (or is dying). If the pulp becomes infected, as in Sharon’s case, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth and lead to an abscess. An abscess is an inflamed area in which pus collects and can cause swelling of the tissues around the tooth. The symptoms of an abscess can range from a dull ache to severe pain, and the tooth may be tender when you bite. If root canal treatment is not done, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.

Here at Central England Specialist Referral Centre Dr Ben Edwards undertakes our root canal treatment. He completed his Masters Degree in Endodontics (University of Chester) in 2014. He has taken Endodontic referrals in practice since 2012 alongside private general dental practice and he currently teaches Endodontics part-time at Birmingham Dental Hospital. He saw Sharon for her consultation and thankfully he felt the tooth could be saved.

Sharon had the treatment and was looked after by Ben and is amazed that it was not like the horror stories she had heard. The treatment was pain-free and immediately after treatment, she was relieved of the continual pain she had been in beforehand. The tooth was then restored by Dr Wilson and almost 12 months on Sharon says she forgets that she even had the tooth treated!

Testimonials

“After feeling very anxious prior to my appointment, I left CESRC feeling much happier and in very safe and competent hands. Every member of the team that I came into contact with were kind, reassuring and helpful. The experience of the team was obvious from the word go and I would highly recommend this practice! Thank you!”

E. Richards

“Another great CPD evening on occlusion last week. Keep up with the study club programme as it is a great opportunity for us GDPs to stay up to date and meet other colleagues in the profession.”

O. Hinton

“Excellent, knowledgeable team.”

C. Bradley

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