Endodontics
Welcome to W7 Referral
What is Endodontic treatment?
Endodontic Treatment or Root canal treatment as it is more commonly known, is a means of saving a tooth that may be damaged by decay, fracture or infection. The purpose of the treatment is to restore the tooth and surrounding tissues to health, relieving both pain and infection, as opposed to total tooth removal.

Is Endodontic treatment uncomfortable?
This is the biggest concern of all patients. Part of our particular speciality is to ensure that we make any procedure as comfortable as possible.
We use the latest anesthetic techniques to ensure you as a patient of W7do not experience discomfort, We also use stronger anaesthetics to make sure that you will not feel anything during the entire procedure.

Are x-rays taken?
Radiographs have to be taken to assess and monitor both treatment and healing. We keep the number of radiographs to a minimum and use the latest radiographic systems.

How long does the treatment take ?
We endeavour to do most treatments in a single visit of between one and two hours, depending on how complex the treatment is. If the tooth is very infected or it is an emergency visit we will ensure immediate or urgent pain and infection control is taken care of, then everything is normally completed at the next visit.

All endodontic procedures at W7 are carried out under high magnification using a ceiling mounted microscope with a video link to a flat screen TV for our patient and teaching purposes. 

We normally put a sheet of silicone around the tooth and use a little prop so that your jaw doesn’t get tired - we will even put a film on for you to watch. It is not uncommon for our patients to fall asleep during treatment.

Do I need a dentist to refer me to you?
Not necessarily – We have been taking endodontic referrals at the practice for 14 years, but we welcome self-referrals too. However, as the diagnosis is often unclear in these cases, we prefer to book a consultation appointment so that we can advise you on all aspects of treatment.

After the treatment how is the tooth restored ?
Root canal treatment is only one step in returning your tooth to full function. A proper final restoration of the tooth is extremely important in ensuring long-term success. 
The tooth is often restored with a tooth coloured filling material or alternatively an aesthetic crown using one of the top laboratories in the word.

After the tooth has been restored, practice of good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, regular checkups and cleanings will help ensure the restored tooth is kept in its best condition..

Your dentist will periodically x-ray the tooth to ensure that healing has occurred. Occasionally, a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment does not heal or pain continues. At times, the tooth may become painful or diseased months or even years after successful treatment. Often when this occurs, repeating the endodontic procedure can save the tooth.

Are there any aftercare requirements?
For cases of very infected teeth, or when surgery is undertaken, precise care instructions will be given, coupled with antibiotics and mouthwash if necessary for the aftercare of your root canal therapy. You will be provided with review sheets that include your post-operation instructions and what to expect over the next few days.