We refer our difficult endodontic cases to a specialist endodontist – usually Dr Richard Kahan in Harley Street London. Dr Kahan is an old associate of Walpole Street thus we still manges to keep this service ‘in-house’. You can visit his website here – www.endodontics.co.uk.
What’s involved in this procedure?
- Your endodontist will take an x-ray of your tooth and then administer a local anaesthetic.
- Once the tooth is numb a “dental dam” will be placed over it. The dental dam is a protective sheet that keeps saliva from getting in your tooth during the procedure.
- A small opening will be made in the crown of the tooth.
- The endodontist will use specialized instruments to removed the pulp from the root canals and the pulp chamber. The root canals and pulp chamber will be shaped for filling.
- The root canals and pulp chamber will be filled with a rubbery material called gutta-percha. This completely seals the root canals.
- A temporary filling may be used to close the opening in your tooth.
- An appointment will be booked with your dentist so that he or she can place a crown or other restoration on your tooth to return it to full function. Talk to your endodontist or dentist for more details of the procedure they plan on performing.