A tooth has several outer layers to protect the most inner part of a tooth that contains the nerves and blood vessels (known as the pulp). If the pulp becomes irreversibly damaged or infected through decay or injury, root canal treatment (or endodontic treatment) is required to save the tooth.
Root canal treatment is simply the removal of the damaged or infected pulp from inside the tooth and roots and subsequently filling this space with a root filling material.
Root canal treatment can be completed in one or multiple visits and can be carried out painlessly. The first part of treatment involves removing the infected tissue from the roots, then shaping the canals and flushing them out with antibacterial agents. Finally, the clean roots are filled with a rubbery antibacterial material. The tooth may then require a post and/or a core build up before it is protected with a crown or onlay. These restorations are used to protect the treated teeth as they become more susceptible to fracture following root canal treatment.
The only alternative option to a root canal treatment would be removing the irreversibly damaged pulp by extracting the tooth.
Re-root canal treatment may required should the first attempt have failed, or planned treatment is required on a poor quality root filling. This can occasionally be completed by your dentist, however in more complex circumstances this may be referred to an external endodontist. As a last resort, surgery may be required where the end of the root is polished and cleaned directly.
Dental Practices across the UK were allowed to open their doors to patients on the 8th June and we are pleased to announce The Bretton Dental Practice is open to offer a limited range of dental treatments.
The treatments available depend on the official advice of the Government and Chief Dental Officer for England.
Prioritising patients in need
The Bretton Dental practice is open to see patients, however, due to strict social distancing protocols and limitations of PPE, we are only able to see emergency patients who have been phone triaged by our team. People in the greatest need of seeing a dentist will be seen first and we will prioritise all emergency appointments before any routine appointments are made
Please do not visit the practice without a pre-arranged appointment, as you will not be seen. In the interest of safety to our staff and other patients, only patients that have been triaged on the telephone will be offered an appointment to attend the practice.
If you have a routine appointment scheduled at the practice in the future please call us on 01733 262623 prior to attending as this may have to be rescheduled in line with government guidance.
Speak to us if you need support
Please continue to call us for advice about any dental issues. Our teams are always available to offer you support by phone and will advise when you may be able to be seen if you are in pain.
Protective measures in practice
Our first priority is always the wellbeing of our patients and colleagues. We have made some changes in our practices to ensure your safety. Our reception team will explain these to you when the appointment is made.