Endodontics (root canal treatment)

Root canal treatment to save the root of a tooth. 

Root canal treatment, or endodontics, is the treatment to remove an infection, and often the damaged nerve, deep inside the root of a tooth. It’s a painless modern treatment to save teeth that would otherwise have to be taken out, allowing you to keep your own teeth for a lifetime. If you require any form of root canal treatment in Bromley, Croydon, Kent or across London, contact Hayes Dental Specialists.

    Hayes Dental Specialists Root Canal

    Five signs of infection:

    1. Serious toothache when eating, or when you put pressure on the tooth. Does it hurt when you bite down hard?
    2. Excessively sensitive teeth. Does the sensitive pain linger after the initial contact with hot or cold foods or drinks?
    3. Darkening of your tooth. Has your tooth changed colour? This may be a sign of the nerve dying.  
    4. A small bump on the gum, close to the painful tooth.
    5. Tender or swollen gums around the tooth.

      When is a root canal required?

      Root canal treatment (or endodontics) is required when there is an infection deep within your tooth. The blood or nerve supply may be infected either due to an injury or a severe cavity. You may not experience any pain or discomfort during the early stages of an infection, however if your tooth changes colour and darkens that is a sign that your tooth nerve is in danger of dying. If left untreated, this kind of infection can not only be very painful, but can lead to a tooth abscess or even tooth loss.

        What does treatment involve?

        Root canal treatment removes all of the infection from the tooth, before sealing the tooth to protect the damaged nerve and restore you back to good oral health. Endodontic treatment is always carried out by a specialist clinician and an anesthetic is used to keep you comfortable through the process.

        When you first come into your local Hayes practice, we will take an x ray to assess the status of the infection. Then a local anaesthesia is administered to the area and a piece of rubber material called a ‘rubber dam’ is placed around the tooth the keep it dry and accessible throughout the procedure. Once you are fully anaesthetised, your dentist will use specially designed tools to remove the infected tissue. Once it is clear, a rubber compound is used to fill the tooth where the root canal tissue previously was. This is usually finished with a temporary filling. This is the completed stage of your first visit to Hayes Dental Specialists. Following this, we create a custom made crown to fit your tooth and this is fitted at your second visit.

        If you are experiencing tooth pain, contact the Hayes team on 020 8462 1347 today to see if you require root canal treatment.

          Dr Wisam Sarsam

          Our Root Canal Specialist in Dr Wisam Sarsam a board certified specialist endodontist, registered with the General Dental Council as a specialist in root canal treatments.

          Specialist Endodontist (root canal treatment)

          • Specialist in root canal treatments
          • Registered specialist endodontist   
          • Lectured in Liverpool Dental Hospital on root canal treatment
          • Undergoing research into the link between tooth root canal infection and diabetes

          Dr Wisam Sarsam is a specialist endodontist registered on the General Dental Council specialist list who is able to accept all types of root canal cases, from simple to complex.

          He is the dentist other dentists refer to where a higher degree of expertise is sought, when the root canal of the tooth is infected.

          Graduating from the University of Newcastle in 2011, after working a number of years in general practice he went on, in 2015 to pursue his interest in endodontics. Since then, he has worked as a Registrar and a Clinical Lecturer in endodontics at Liverpool Dental Hospital. He also enjoys the management of anxious patients and is able to provide root canal treatment under sedation.  When your tooth has an infection, which may manifest as pain or swelling, you will always be offered and explained the benefits of having a root canal treatment with our specialist endodontist Dr Wisam Sarsam.  Your normal dentist will then undergo the final restoration of the tooth, once the root canal is completed.

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