Endodontic Care In Purley

Keeping the root canals of your teeth healthy and infection free.

The word ‘endodontic’ means ‘inside the tooth’, from the ancient Greek. Although some patients may think that a tooth is a solid block of material, it is much more sophisticated than that.

It comprises of three key parts; the enamel on the exterior, the softer dentin layer beneath it, and finally, the root canals of the teeth where nerves and blood vessels are stored. When infections reach this inner part of the tooth, we are likely to be very aware of it, with a severe toothache a distinct possibility.

You may ask how you can protect the inner part of the teeth as it isn’t accessible with a brush or other implement. The truth is that the only effective way to prevent a root canal infection is to keep the enamel exterior in good health.

Damaged enamel

The enamel on the outside of our teeth is very strong, but can still be damaged if we don’t take care of it correctly. Weakened and damaged enamel can allow bacteria into the more vulnerable parts of our teeth, often resulting in infection.

Enamel can be damaged in a number of ways:

  • Tooth decay
  • Damage through teeth grinding
  • Enamel erosion
  • Chipped teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Exposure of the tooth root caused by gum recession

Once the enamel has become compromised and bacteria enters the dentin layer; unless detected and treated, perhaps with a filling, root canal infection is probably not very far away.

Prevention and treatment

By far the best way to prevent a root canal infection is to keep the enamel healthy by eating and drinking sensibly, avoiding sugar as much as possible, as well as brushing and flossing on a daily basis. These, along with dental and hygienist visits at our Purley practice should help to keep your teeth healthy.

If root canal infection does occur though, all is not lost. The infected tooth can be treated by using a root canal procedure to remove the infected material and replacing it with a special root canal filling material called gutta percha. The tooth is then sealed using a dental crown, and, whilst it may not quite have the strength of a healthy natural tooth, it should provide sufficient strength and functionality for a number of years, providing that you look after it.

Even if you are looking after your teeth well at home, you should still see the dentist and hygienist at our Purley practice on a six monthly basis. This will help to make sure that you keep your teeth in the best condition possible. To make an appointment with us at the Confidental Clinic, please call us on 020 8660 8923.