Getting to the core of how you could benefit from our quality endodontist in Birmingham
Rooting things out
Here at St Pauls Square Dental Practice, our top endodontics specialist Dr Ashok Reddy, is fully committed and dedicated to providing all of our patients with the highest possible standard of excellence with his service. Endodontists such as Dr Reddy, are fully trained dental practitioners with an additional two years of dental studies, which focus entirely on endodontic therapies. This is the name given to treatments which aim to preserve the soft core of a patient's teeth, known as ‘pulp’. The name owes its roots to ancient Greek, with ‘endo’ meaning ‘inside’ and ‘odont’ translating to ‘tooth’. Those who seek out the services of our endodontist in Birmingham primarily do so after a referral from their dental practitioner, and the need for endodontic therapy - or root-canal treatment.
The core of the issue
Endodontic therapies, or root canal treatment, is a process which aims to save a tooth which has become badly infected or decayed. The basis of the procedure is to drill into, and clean out the infected pulp within the patient's tooth, before sealing it back up. If an infected tooth is not properly treated, it can often lead to an abscess forming within the patient’s tooth - which is when the pockets at the base of the patient's tooth fill with pus and the infection spreads beyond the tooth. Additionally to this, if an infected tooth is left untreated it can also result in a number of other detrimental health effects, such as swelling of the patient's neck, face or head, and the loss of bone tissue around the affected tooth - which can alter the patient’s outward appearance almost irreversibly. Thus, it is imperative that anyone with an infected tooth seek out root canal treatment from an experienced and professional endodontist such as Dr Reddy here at St Pauls Square Dental Practice.
Cleaning out the canals
Endodontic therapy is often referred to as ‘root-canal treatment’. Canals, within this context, are the names given to the natural cavities within a patient's tooth, which contain the nerves. Nerves within the tooth are not entirely essential, as they are only there to detect sensation - such as heat and cold. As such, when they become infected, it is possible to remove them, without damaging the teeth’s structural integrity. The initial step in root canal treatment involves the patient being administered local anaesthetic, to numb the area and allow for the process to be carried out with as little discomfort as possible. Thereafter, the root canal treatment will begin, as the endodontist creates an opening within the patient's tooth, before using an endodontic file to remove the infected pulp and nerves. Next, the cavities - or canals - within the patient’s teeth are filled with a permanent filler material called gutta percha. This is a thermoplastic filling material that is derived from several Malaysian trees. Then the opening in the tooth is sealed. In some cases, a titanium-alloy post is inserted into the canal before the opening is sealed, to add extra support. Finally, a new crown is added to the top of the tooth and thus the patient’s tooth is free of all decay, and they can smile once again knowing they are no longer at any risk of further infection.