Westwood Dental UPDATE 05/01/2021 - We would like to reassure all our patients that we remain OPEN, providing all our normal routine Dental Services throughout the third National Lockdown, from the 5th January 2021.
We may be prioritising the vulnerable or those with the most urgent dental needs.
We want to reassure you that we carry out very strict necessary COVID procedures, also continuing religiously with stringent Cross Infection Control measures throughout the day enabling us to keep all our patients and staff safe.
Our whole team have been fully trained with Covid procedures, which are continuously being updated and we want to reassure you that our practice will remain open during this time and that we are here for you.
Please note that due to the many Covid procedures and the Health and Safety of our patients, the waiting room/WC facilities remain closed. Please refer to your appointment/confirmation email for more info.
We are experiencing a high volume of telephone calls and apologise in advance if you are kept waiting for your dental appointment, but we are working and doing our very best to ensure that every measure is taken prior to your appointment. If your enquiry is NON-urgent please kindly email the practice on firstname.lastname@example.org..
We very much appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this situation.
Thank you from the Team @ Westwood Dental
A lot of people still wince when they hear the phrase ‘root canal’ – but rest assured that today’s root canal treatments (endodontics) are nothing to fear. Certainly for members of the older generation, unpleasant root canal treatments may remain in distant living memory – but 21st-century endodontics couldn’t be more different. Sophisiticated anaesthetic and high-tech instrumentation combine to make root canal treatment in Langley as routine an experience as getting a filling.
A root canal treatment is required when tooth decay penetrates into the dental pulp – a mass of nerve endings deep inside the tooth. A root canal treatment involves opening up the tooth in order to remove the infected pulp; filling the cavity; and (usually) rebuilding the weakened tooth with a dental restoration. Root canals have an extremely high success rate.
If you experience sudden pain when biting or chewing; sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks; discolouration of the tooth or swelling of the gum around the tooth – chances are you may need a root canal procedure. Even if the symptoms subside, don’t hesitate to visit the dentist – sometimes the pain goes away temporarily as the dental pulp dies off, only to return more aggressively as the infection moves deeper, sometimes causing an abcess.
A root canal procedure is always carried out under a local anaesthetic, or in some cases, conscious sedation – so it will always be a pain-free experience. After isolating your tooth with a rubber sheet, or dam, the dentist will open up the tooth with a very precise dental drill. Dental pulp is removed with suction, and a benign material called gutta percha is used to fill the cavity. Patients often remark at the instant relief from pain that a root canal procedure provides. If you require a dental restoration, this may need to be carried out at a later stage and a temporary fitting supplied in the mean time.
Before and after an endodontic procedure
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