Endodontists: The specialists in saving teeth

Endodontists: The specialists in saving teeth

At Mouth Dental we have both seasoned professional dentists, as well as specialist endodontists with years of dental expertise in our London-based clinics. Depending on each patient’s symptoms and after a thorough oral examination, our experienced team of professionals will recommend a course of action to give you the best possible results and to prevent any future recurrence.

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Who is a Specialist Endodontist?

An Endodontist is a highly trained dentist that specialises in treating complex tooth problems that primarily affect the inside of teeth (tooth pulp). They use advanced techniques to treat the dental pulp and root issues.
Endodontists are specialists because they’ve completed an additional two or more years of training beyond dental school which focuses on diagnosing tooth pain, root canal treatments and other procedures relating to the interior of the tooth. In many cases, a diseased tooth can be saved with endodontic treatment, which is why Endodontists are fondly known as ‘Specialists in Saving Teeth’!

What areas do Endodontists specialise in?

Root canal

This is the most common endodontic procedure and is done to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be removed. Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp, or the canals holding the pulp become inflamed or infected. If left untreated, inflammation or infection could cause severe discomfort, abscess and eventual tooth loss. The symptoms include tooth sensitivity, recurrent throbbing pain, tooth discoloration, gum swelling, or tenderness deep inside the bone.
The treatment is performed by removing the infected pulp, then thoroughly cleaning the root canals and sealing them off. The procedure is performed under anaesthesia, which means no pain will be felt. Upon completion, the dentist will send an impression of your teeth to the dental lab so that a dental crown can be created to protect the treated tooth.
There are 3 very detailed stages involved in performing a root canal treatment on a tooth. Each step of the treatment is performed to ensure that the risk of reinfection is minimised
The 3 stages of root canal treatment are as follows:

  • Extirpation: Initial clean to control bacterial infection
  • Instrumentation: Thorough clean and medicine
  • Obturation: Filling the root canal.

Apicoectomy (surgical endodontics)

Usually, a root canal is enough to save an inflamed or infected tooth from being removed. However, sometimes it may not be sufficient to heal the tooth and the surrounding areas. In such cases, a surgical procedure known as an Apicoectomy will be needed to save the tooth.
During the procedure, the Endodontist will make an incision in the gum tissues to reveal the bone underneath. A small opening is made in the bone right at the tip of the root to expose the infected area. The dentist will remove the infected tissue, clean the root tip, and seal the root with a filling. Sutures will be used to hold the gum tissues in position.
The procedure is typically done under local anaesthesia to keep the patient comfortable. You will need to come for another appointment to remove any existing sutures and ensure that the gums are healing properly. When the bone heals fully, the patients will stop experiencing any symptoms.
Common signs and symptoms that indicate that you need a root canal treatment:

  • Abscess forming or pus coming out of the gums adjacent to the tooth that is infected
  • Severe soreness and pain specific to a tooth
  • You can’t eat or chew with the tooth
  • High sensitivity to both hot and cold foods and drinks
  • Spontaneous pain that isn’t triggered by just eating and drinking

Once you learn that you need a root canal treatment process, your next step is finding the best professional to perform the procedure. Some patients feel comfortable using their general dentist, however, others prefer to see a specialist because in certain cases, a patient’s tooth anatomy is more challenging than average. A general dentist may perform a routine root canal well, but a specialist may be required in more complicated situations.
The average root canal treatment is 30 to 60 minutes long. More complex cases may take around 90 minutes. A root canal usually requires one or two appointments to complete.

What to expect at an appointment with a Specialist Endodontist?

The specialist will first carry out a thorough visual examination of your teeth and gums. If X-ray imaging of any particular teeth is necessary to make a further diagnosis, you may be asked to get one done. Depending on the observations, the specialist will decide the best possible course of action in order to give you the best chance at saving your tooth, clearing any infection and alleviating pain.

Specialist Endodontists at Mouth Dental

If you are looking for an Endodontist in London, whether you have been referred by a professional or have diagnosed the need yourself, look no further than Mouth Dental. We have three cutting-edge clinics in London filled with seasoned professionals with years of dental expertise to help you.

Cost Breakdown

Specialist Endodontic Consultation payment on booking appointment £95
Specialist Apicectomy starting from £1200

Mouth Dental

With a base of over 9,000 private dental patients, Mouth Dental is a multi-clinic practice based at South Quay and Churchill Place in Canary Wharf as well as Nine Elms SW11. Find out more below.

South Quay

Canary Wharf

Churchill Place

Canary Wharf

Nine Elms

SW11 – opening Summer 2022


Why visit an Endodontist?

General dentists focus on preventative care. A specialist Endodontist is a trained professional in serious matters relating to the structure and function of the tooth.

What are the tools that may be used?

Specialists may use cutting-edge techniques or tools like an ultrasonic needle or a water laser.

Is it painful?

The procedure is performed under anaesthesia, which means you will not feel any pain.

Are there side effects?

There are no real side effects besides the tooth feeling different because the nerve is missing. Some patients have described it to be like a numb arm or leg. There is a misconception that you shouldn’t have root canal treatment because it harbours bad infections inside your mouth, but this is not true. There is no scientific evidence to suggest any harmful side effects of root canal treatment.

What happens after the treatment?

A detailed after-care plan will be discussed with each patient to ensure optimum oral hygiene is maintained which is vital in ensuring it does not recur. The patient may have to return for a general check-up, depending on the individual situation.

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