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8:30 - 14:30
Late evening and Saturday by appointment only.
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What is it?
Root canal treatment (also known as root filling or Endodontics) is a procedure which removes the damaged or dead pulp (nerve) from the tooth and then fills the residual space that is left in order to remove the cause of the infection.
The remaining tooth can then be repaired. It is usually advised that your treated tooth is restored with a tooth cusp protective restoration such as a full coverage crown. Root canal treatment should extend the life of your tooth.
Your dentist will advise you as to the complexity and prognosis of the treatment required at your consultation and planning stage.
When a tooth which is very decayed, damaged, very loose or needing to be removed for orthodontics it will be extracted (removed.)
Obviously some teeth are easier to take out than others. Generally using a local anaesthetic (injection) for pain relief for the procedure is the safest method. There are other methods of pain relief available such as sedation and general anaesthetic.
During your planning stage, an assessment of the complexity of the procedure will be discussed and appropriate advice will be given as to how the procedure will be carried out.
Some teeth such as wisdom teeth may require a surgical removal and this will be discussed and advice given.
Wisdom teeth (third molar) are the last teeth to erupt at the very back of the mouth during the late teens onwards.
Most people have four, however, sometimes people have some or even none. Often, there is not enough room for them, therefore they erupt at an odd angle and can cause discomfort.
Your dentist will regularly review these and will tell you if there may be a problem.
When wisdom teeth erupt, the gum can sometimes become sore and inflamed, this is called Pericoronitis. It may settle down over a period of time or occasionally anti-biotics and mouthwashes will be prescribed.
If your symptoms persist or there is immediate need for removal, here at The Bridge Dental Care we follow the NICE Guidelines in helping us assess the need for wisdom teeth removal.
An implant can be used to replace a single missing tooth or several missing teeth.
What are the benefits?
Some people have real difficulties with removable dentures. Implants can overcome these difficulties, in particular for eating and speaking properly and they may improve appearance. If a denture is necessary, implants can greatly improve stability.
People will not be able to see that your teeth are supported by implants. Implants can be used in place of bridges, for example when adjacent teeth may not be strong enough to support a bridge or if patients have spaced teeth.
Patients often present with a failing single tooth and do not wish to have a partial denture or bridgework to restore this gap. A single implant fixture can be placed to restore this to function and aesthetics. The advantage of using a stand alone implant retained crown is that it should not prejudice the life expectancy of adjacent teeth and or supporting structures.
Are implants for me?
Your dentist will discuss with you whether implants would be right for you, and explain any associated risks.
Patients need to have healthy gums, and enough jawbone to take the implant that supports the replacement teeth although techniques are available to add additional bone if needed.
They must also be prepared to maintain good oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly.
Implant patients need to be in good general health. Some chronic diseases, such as diabetes, osteoporosis or chronic sinus problems, could interfere with healing and make implants more likely to fail. Make sure that you tell your dentist about any medicines that you take regularly, and about your smoking habits. Smoking may well shorten the life of your implant.