Root canal treatment is needed if the nerve of a tooth becomes infected. When a tooth becomes infected the bacteria from the tooth can cause the nerve to die.
So what can cause the need for root canal therapy?
Injury or trauma
Cracked or chipped teeth
These could all potentialy lead to a dental abscess where symptoms can range from a dull ache to a severe pain. If left untreated then this could result in the tooth ultimately being lost.
If you have any of the following warning signs then you may need root canal therapy
Tooth sensitivity to either hot or cold
Pain from a tooth
Swelling of the face
A bad taste in the mouth
Tenderness when biting or eating
Discolouration of the tooth
Visiting a dentist and having a dental x-ray will determine if you need root canal therapy as any sign of infection can be noticed on a dental x-ray.
Root canal treatment is very straight forward. It involves removing the infected part of the tissue, cleaning the root canals thoroughly and filling them to prevent further infection.
Many people are very wary of root canal therapy as they come with the idea that is very painful. However completed by a highly skilled dentist the treatment will be very comfortable for the patient. You will require local anaesthetic for this procedure so you will not feel any pain or discomfort
Root canal treatment is split into two appointments
At your first appointment the infections are removed from the tooth and if there are any abscesses present then they are drained. The canals of the teeth are thoroughly cleaned and then they are sealed. A temporary filling is placed.
We invite you back to visit us a second time to ensure that all the infection has gone and place a permanent filling.
After your root canal therapy your tooth may become sensitive or brittle so you may be advised to have a crown which will give your tooth added strength and protection.
If you would like to find out more about this root canal therapy then please do not hesitate to call us on 0121 514 7528 today.