Endodontics (also known as root canal treatment), involves treating the inside of the tooth. It is performed when the inner layer (pulp) of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected due to severe decay, a deep crack in the tooth or another dental procedure close to the pulp.

The Main Symptoms of Pulp Infection

  • Intense, throbbing pain in the affected tooth or gum that comes on suddenly and may get worse
  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold
  • A tender/discoloured/loose tooth
  • Tender, swollen gums
  • A metallic taste in your mouth

What Does Root Canal Treatment Involve?

Root canal treatment generally takes place over several visits. All the members of our team are fully trained to perform endodontics and more complex cases will be referred to a specialist endodontist.

During the first stage of treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed before the inside of the tooth is shaped, and cleaned with an anti-bacterial solution to kill germs. This is performed under local anaesthetic so should not hurt, however it will most likely be uncomfortable afterwards.

During the second stage, the root canals are filled with a material to prevent bacteria entering and causing infection.

During the third stage, the root canal filling is sealed in place by putting a permanent filling or crown over it depending on which is more suitable. This makes the tooth appear as normal again and allows it to be able to function properly as well.

How to Look After the Tooth After Root Canal Treatment

During and immediately after the treatment, you should not bite on the tooth as it is most fragile and easily damaged at this point. It is also important to brush and floss for 3 minutes every day after the appointment, and to avoid too much sugary food as your root canal may be more susceptible to decay after.

Your dentist is likely to suggest that you complete the process by having a crown placed on the tooth to reinforce it and prevent fracture long-term.

Specialist Endodontists in Chelmsford

If you are in need of root canal treatment in Chelmsford, then our specialists Endodontists can help you. We use state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose and treat cases thoroughly, and actively attend conferences and training days to further our knowledge and techniques.

Contact our helpful team today to arrange a consultation.

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I have sensitive teeth. What can I do?

You can try using a toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth. Rub a little toothpaste into the sensitive area when going to bed as it helps protect the surface.

Try to avoid strongly acidic foods and drinks and wait at least an hour after eating before brushing as this could cause even more sensitivity. Grinding your teeth can also increase sensitivity and a mouth guard maybe necessary.

If the pain continues, speak to your dental team and they may be able to offer further care to reduce your symptoms. A number of things can cause sensitivity and your dental team will be able to identify these and advise the correct care.

If you have facial swelling, this could indicate that you have an infection. You will need to see a dentist as you may need some antibiotics to relieve the symptoms of this infection.

If you are in the UK and do not have a regular dentist, you can find the details of the nearest emergency dentist by contacting the NHS 111 service.

We appreciate that this must look unnecessary, but it is an NHS England requirement. In the event that your personal details, financial circumstances (with respect to payment exemptions) or medical history have changed in the intervening period, we need to keep this updated.

If you have difficulty with stairs, please let our staff know when you book your appointment. We will try to make sure you are seen in a ground floor surgery that is more accessible.

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