Wisdom Dental Acton - Root Canal


Our Dental clinic based in Acton, West London, offers root canal treatments, which are performed by highly skilled, experienced and gentle endodontic specialists, who use state of the art equipment in order to provide our patients with the highest quality of dental care available. We always aim to make sure that our patients feel comfortable before, during and after the treatment and are happy with the outcome of the root canal procedure. 

 


What exactly is root canal treatment?

Endodontics is an area of dentistry, which concentrates on the root canals within the tooth. When a nerve inside the tooth becomes infected or inflamed, it needs to be carefully removed and the centre of the tooth (the root canal system) needs to be delicately cleaned thoroughly. A filling is then placed and sealed into the canal where the nerve was previously.

Why the need for a specialist?

Root canals within the tooth have various anatomies and can vary in how complex they are to fill. At Wisdom Dental surgery we have a highly skilled Endodontists who will assess, diagnose and carry out the treatment in a gentle manner, making sure you feel comfortable and relaxed at all times. 

 

What are the stages of root canal?

1. Tooth Evaluation

The first stage of a root canal procedure is for your dentist to carefully assess your tooth to ensure that endodontic is the best treatment option for you. The dentist will use an x-rays to evaluate the tooth anatomy and the bone surrounding it.

2. Local Anaesthetic

A local anaesthetic will be given to numb your tooth, your dentist will then place a special cover over your tooth called a rubber dental dam. This protects your airway whilst the endodontic treatment is being completed and also prevents saliva contaminating the tooth. Your dentist will then remove any filling in your tooth and use a special drill to expose the nerve.  

3. Root Cleansing

Your dentist will remove the diseased nerve and will cleanse and shape the canals in your root so that an ideal root filling can be placed.

 4. Temporary Filling

Often your dentist will put a special antiseptic into your tooth at this first appointment and then put in a temporary filling. You will then at the second appointment  have the root filling completed.

 5. Root Filling

Finally, your dentist will place a special root filling material into your root canals and then put a filling in your tooth. It is often the case that your tooth will require a larger restoration such as a crown or inlay/onlay to achieve the best protection in the longer term.

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Here, at Wisdom Dental Acton, we offer a wide range of special services which include the root canal treatment described above. If you have any questions or queries regarding the procedure, the different stages involved or the financial plans we offer, please email us at info@wisdomdental.co.uk or call us on 020 8993 2601 to speak to a member of our dental team.

Periodontal Services
What is Periodontics?

The gums and the supporting tissues around the teeth fall into the category of periodontics. About 75% of tooth loss is due to periodontal disease (often called gum disease). The periodontium includes your gums and the bone of your jaw that supports the teeth and also the specialised ligaments that attach your teeth to the bone. Taking care of your periodontal health and the periodontium is essential as they are the foundations of the teeth, and as well as being crucial to supporting the teeth, they also have an essential part in your overall health. There is evidence mounting between the possible links of your periodontal health and serious illnesses such as heart disease.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria (plaque) that forms on your teeth.  Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms constantly on all our teeth. Gum disease occurs from formations of bacteria and plaque which infect the gum and surrounding tissues.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms are bleeding, red swollen, tender and receding gums, loose teeth, unpleasant taste and bad breath. Periodontal disease is often painless and therefor can go un noticed.

What is gingivitis?

The most common form of periodontal disease which most of us are likely to experience is gingivitis. It is inflammation of the gum, resulting in red swollen, tender and bleeding gums. Gingivitis is completely reversible once the stimulus that has caused it to happen is removed, e.g. The plaque and calculus.

What is Periodontitis?

As the disease progresses the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone may be lost, resulting in tooth mobility. Eventually, teeth become loose and may have to be removed. There are different types of gum disease and some require more active treatment than others.

Am I susceptible to periodontal disease?

There are many factors which may increase your susceptibility. Some of us may be more genetically predisposed to severe periodontal disease and a number of other factors affect disease severity.   Such as:
  • Oral hygiene
  • Diet
  • Smoking
Quitting smoking is especially important as it can reduce the risk of developing gum problems and increase the effectiveness of gum treatment.

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  • Alcohol
  • Your own general health
  • Illnesses eg. Diabetes
  • Stress
What is the treatment?
During your normal checkups your dentist will assess the condition of your gums and discuss this with you. Treatment varies depending on the severity of your periodontal disease. Treatment involves removal of plaque and calculus from above and below the gum. This is done by thoroughly scaling the teeth. It may also involve antibacterial treatment or possibly surgery of the gum. Often our patients will be advised to see a hygienist but in more advanced cases you may be recommended to have more in depth scaling with a dentist.

When periodontal disease is more advanced, the dentist may use several surgical techniques, which can help stabilise and improve the condition. These include bone grafting to replace lost bone due to severe bacterial infection, crown lengthening, which can help restructure a tooth so that it better supports a crown, and tooth and gum contouring, which can help reshape teeth and gums affected by gum disease.
Implants
What Are Implants?
Implants are the most effective long lasting way of replacing missing teeth. A post is planted in the jaw bone, providing support for the replacement tooth. The post acts like a root of a natural tooth. Implants are also commonly used to support dentures and fixed bridges.
 
There are two parts to an implant procedure. The first stage, the implant is placed into the jaw and allowed time to heal.  The second stage, is once healed, the replacement teeth are attached to the implant. In some cases, it is possible to attach the replacement teeth at the time of fitting the implant, without waiting for time to heal.
 
Would implants be right for me?
To help you decide whether implants are right for you, we would recommend you book a consultation with us. This will include an in depth discussion of all your options and a customised treatment plan according to your health needs. Our team will be happy to help with any questions you may have.

If you decide to go ahead, the procedure is as follows;
  • Implants are placed into the jaw, using a local anaesthetic.
  • The implant will be screwed in and the gum will be stitched so it heals over the implant.
  • Over the next few months the bone underneath the gum will begin to grow around the implant, holding it in firmly.
Implants consist of two sections.
  • The post in the jaw.
  • The extension which is later added when the post is secure.
Attaching the extension requires a small cut in the gum above the implant. Depending on the amount of implants you need, the replacement teeth e.g. crowns, can either be fixed permanently, or attached in a way which allows you to remove them for cleaning.
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