Root canal therapy (also known as endodontics) is a treatment done to save a badly damaged or unhealthy tooth from the requirement for having it extracted.
Often, these teeth have been painful in the past and have an abscess underneath them. A root canal has been a much feared procedure in the past, but the procedure has come a long way and is not painful if a dentist takes their time.
Local anaesthetic is administered for the patients’ comfort then a protective rubber coat is placed over the tooth to collect water and debris and it also provides a clean working environment for the dentist. The centre of the affected tooth is cleaned and disinfected, the canals are filled with gutta percha from a rubber tree and finally a protective long lasting seal is placed over the top to help restore the tooth and its function. These teeth can often require a crown afterwards to strengthen them for long lasting use.
Our Associate dentist Andrew Sleigh performs root canal treatment on a regular basis and is currently undertaking a Masters degree in the subject. He says: “Good dental hygiene is the best way to prevent root canals. Brushing and flossing daily are necessary. Regular dental check-ups are one of the most important aspects because detecting tooth decay early on will help prevent a root canal later.
“However, if needed root canal treatment in this day and age is very different, advances in technology and treatment methods mean less stress and pain for our patients.”
You can find out more about Dr Andrew Sleigh and Root Canal Therapy on our website and can see a video of Andrew introducing himself. Andrew also takes referrals from local dentists to deal with the most difficult cases of root canal.
Owner and Principal Dentist
The Exeter Dental Centre