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Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy (endodontics) is a type of procedure that is used to treat an infection at the centre of a tooth (in the root canal system).

  • Complete root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it
  • Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option

What is Endodontics?
This is an area of dentistry concerned with the treatment of the diseased root canal structure by a dentist.
Being a holistic dental practice we are very keen to provide dentistry which emulates nature as closely as possible. However, we also understand our limitations - dentistry is not a cure, it is merely a compromise, which allows us to prolong our ability to hold to our dentition for as long as possible. Hopefully giving us the opportunity to enjoy our food and hold onto our jawbones for the rest of our lives. If we start losing out teeth prematurely then our jawbones wither away. Our eating efficiency and resultant ability to extract nutrients from food also diminishes.
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When you need Root Canal Therapy

You’ll only need root canal therapy when a dental x-ray shows that your pulp has been damaged by bacterial infection.

Symptoms of a pulp infection might be:

  • Pain when eating/drinking hot or cold food and drink
  • Pain when biting
  • A tooth that is loose

These symptoms will begin to fade as the infection continues, as the pulp will be dying – your teeth will appear to have healed but really the infection has spread through the root canal system. After this, further symptoms will appear, including:

  • Pain when biting returning
  • Swollen gum and face by infected tooth
  • Pus leaking from the infected tooth
  • Darker colour tooth

If you begin to experience toothache it’s vital you see your dentist, as your pulp won’t be able to heal from an infection by itself.


Myths about root canal therapy

Myth #1: Root canal treatment is painful

Reality: competent root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it.

The perception of root canals being painful began decades ago, but now with modern technologies, the right training and appropriate anaesthetics, root canal treatment today is no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed.

In fact, a recent survey showed that patients who have experienced root canal treatment are six times more likely to describe it as “painless” than patients who have not had root canal treatment.

Most patients see their dentist or endodontist when they have a severe toothache. The toothache can be caused by damaged tissues in the tooth. Root canal therapy removes this damaged tissue from the tooth, thereby relieving the pain you feel.

Myth #2: Root canal treatment causes illness

Myth: Patients searching the internet for information on root canals may find sites claiming that teeth receiving root canal (endodontic) treatment contribute to the occurrence of illness and disease in the body. This claim is based on long-debunked and poorly designed research performed nearly a century ago by Dr Weston A. Price and more recently by Dr Mercola.

Reality: There is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal-treated teeth and disease elsewhere in the body. Decades of research since the 1930’s have contradicted Dr Price’s findings and more recent research continues to support the safety of dental treatment as it relates to overall health. We have to remember that techniques and technologies have advanced exponentially since the time of Dr Price.

Myth #3: A good alternative to root canal treatment is extraction

Reality: Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option.

Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth, as even an artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain the proper nutrient balance in your diet. If your dentist recommends extraction, ask whether root canal treatment is an option. Endodontic treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant.

Endodontic treatment in the right hands also has a very high success rate. Many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime. Placement of a bridge or an implant will require significantly more time in treatment and may result in further procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues.

Millions of healthy endodontically treated teeth serve patients all over the world, years and years after treatment. Those healthy teeth are helping patients chew efficiently, maintain the natural appearance of their smiles and enhance their enjoyment of life. Through endodontic treatment, endodontics and dentists worldwide enable patients to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime.

Barry Dunford, Perthshire (2015)

I was looking for a holistic dentist who could offer a metal free implant, i.e. a zirconium implant. As a result of Neeraj Puri using laser technology during the treatment I found that there was almost no swelling and very little pain immediately after the dental surgery. After having had dental work over a number of years with other dentists, I can honestly say that Neeraj’s advice and technical ability is second to none. As a result, I now have a metal free zirconium implant which is functioning perfectly and has fully integrated into my jaw just like a natural tooth.

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Many people avoid visiting the dentist for as long as possible due to their fear - which may have stemmed from previous issues at a dentist’s office.

We spend lots of time and effort making sure our patients feel comfortable and build trust with us, as we want you to enjoy coming to the dentist as much as possible. Call us today to find out more 0131 225 9093.

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Trusted Technology we use at Integrated Dental

Our use of lasers puts us at the forefront of futuristic dentistry, as we offer an experience that has minimal discomfort and faster healing.

Our selection of lasers include our state of the art Waterlaser, a low level laser therapy (LLLT) laser, a soft tissue laser and a diagnostic laser.

Proving much safer than typical drills and with the chance to be more affordable than standard fees, our laser technology is helping us enter the future of dental surgery.

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