Endodontics, another name for root canal therapy, is a branch of dentistry practiced by Piccadilly Dental Specialists who are skilled in treating infections or irreversible inflammation of a tooth's pulp or nerve. This could be brought on by severe periodontal disease, deep decay, or a tooth fracture if treatment is not received.

A Synopsis of Dental Structure:

Three components make up a tooth:

The tooth's hard outer layer is called enamel. The softer substance that resembles bone and supports enamel is called dentine. The pulp is the soft tissue in the centre of the tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves.


The pulp travels through the gums and jawbone as well as the interior of the tooth. We call this route a root canal. A single tooth may require multiple root canals in specific circumstances. Because it suggests that the tooth's pulp and root canal are empty, the term "root canal" is a little deceptive. However, soft tissue containing blood vessels and nerves makes up the pulp and the root canal.

The pulp will start to die if it gets infected by bacteria, which could lead to the tooth falling out. Additionally, there's a chance that the infection will extend into the root canal, which could result in the formation of an uncomfortable dental abscess (a swelling filled with pus). The tissue and bones that support your teeth (periodontitis) or your gums (perio-endo lesion) could then become infected.

The goal of root canal therapy is to preserve the tooth while lowering the possibility of an infection. After the tooth's inflamed or infected pulp is extracted, all bacteria are removed from the root canal. Following the elimination of the bacteria, the pulp and root canal are filled in using an artificial substance.


Most people believe that getting a root canal is a painful process. When performed by a dentist with the necessary training, a root canal actually doesn't hurt all that much and shouldn't be any more uncomfortable than getting a filling. The root canal therapy provided by Piccadilly Dental in London makes use of electronic apex locators, Protaper files, and sodium hypochlorite in accordance with best practices. We will make every effort to ensure your comfort during the entire procedure and discuss any additional options that may be helpful if you are concerned about experiencing pain from a root canal.

One of the hardest procedures for a dentist to execute is a root canal. When performing a root canal treatment, there are numerous risks and potential causes of issues. Precise measurements, appropriate instrumentation, and moisture (bacteria) control are essential to guaranteeing a successful outcome.


In certain complex cases, it is best to see a root canal treatment specialist in London right away as root canal therapy can be a lengthy and complex procedure. This is due to the fact that the first time around, a root canal treatment has a far higher success rate than the second, and if it is not performed to a high standard, there is a chance that the root canal treatment will not work out. In the event that this occurs, a new root canal treatment is required. Re-root canals, unfortunately, have much lower success rates; for this reason, it's critical that the procedure be done correctly the first time.


In London, do you need a root canal? At Piccadilly Dental, we use state-of-the-art tools and best-practice methods to locate the ends of the roots and ensure that the filling reaches the entire length of the root canal, thereby minimising the risk of failure. For the dentist to have a much clearer and larger view of the minuscule root canal openings, we have also invested in specially made fibre optic lights that they can use in conjunction with their magnifying surgical loupes.

In order to ensure that the procedure is performed comfortably and without the much-feared root canal pain, we completely anaesthetize the tooth.

Next, we isolate the tooth—typically using a rubber dam—to maintain the highest level of sterility in the area and prevent saliva from contaminating the tooth with new bacteria. When undergoing a root canal treatment, it's critical to keep the surrounding area sterile and moisture-free to stop oral bacteria from getting inside the canals.

Subsequently, our London-based root canal specialist employs cutting-edge, flexible titanium Protaper files to guarantee optimal canal shaping. In order to minimise the risk of fracture and cross-infection, we only use our files once.

To precisely determine the length of the canals and to lower the number of radiographs and, consequently, the radiographic dosage, we employ sophisticated electronic apex locators. To eradicate any remaining bacteria, we thoroughly clean the canals using potent disinfectants like sodium hypochlorite and occasionally iodine. In certain situations, we also use extremely specialised tools—the hot shot and hot tip from smart endodontics—when applying the filling material.

The root canals are filled using a cordless backfill obturation tool called the HotShot. The needles are thin and flexible, making it easy to reach even the thinnest canals. This results in a fuller obturation, which reduces the chance of reinfection. The HotTip is a warm, cordless vertical compaction tool that is available in multiple sizes to suit varying root canal diameters.

In case you're curious about the duration of a root canal, Although it varies from case to case, using this specialised equipment helps the dentist treat patients more efficiently and comfortably while saving the patient time in the chair. After a root canal procedure, you might have some pain, but it usually goes away with medication.


The treated area is made numb by a local anaesthetic during a root canal procedure in London. It is best to wait to eat until after it has worn off, as it can take up to two hours.

You will continue to heal even after your mouth feels normal again. After receiving a root canal treatment in London, stay away from sticky foods like gum and jelly beans as they may cause the temporary filling in your tooth to come loose or come out. Eating soft foods that don't require much chewing is recommended because hard or hot foods may irritate your teeth in the days following your procedure.

Those who have had root canal therapy can typically return the following day to their jobs or studies. It might take you an additional day or two to recover completely, though, if you were sedated during your dental procedure.

When scheduling root canal therapy in London, keep the following points in mind:

  • Success rates are increased by the use of isolation techniques, such as rubber dam for a more sterile working environment.
  • Using electronic apex locators to increase the accuracy of canal length measurements
  • Using local anaesthetic to provide completely painless care
  • All expenses are disclosed, with no unpleasant surprises the efficient shaping of the canals through the use of contemporary Protaper files.
  • Low-dose digital radiography used for post-operative assessment and diagnosis

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