Dental abscesses are very painful and they can make you feel really rotten. At Aqua Dental Spa, we believe that dental problems are always best avoided and we have an arsenal of treatments at the ready to prevent and treat dental pain, decay and gum disease. Root canal treatment is a commonly performed dental procedure that can help to reduce the risk of a dental abscess developing.
About root canal treatment
If you’re a nervous patient, root canal treatment probably sounds like the stuff of nightmares, but the truth is that it can be a very important and effective procedure that helps to reduce the risk of dental infection spreading through the tooth and abscesses developing. Root canal treatment is usually recommended when you have an infected tooth and the infection has spread to the pulp. The pulp is the tooth’s living tissue and any damage or decay can result in the tooth dying. The aim of root canal therapy is to stem the spread of harmful bacteria through the tooth and protect the teeth and gums from unpleasant symptoms such as swelling, tenderness and pain.
If blood flow to the tooth is cut off, the risk of an abscess forming increases. Abscesses are fluid-filled sores that can develop in the teeth or between the teeth and the gums. They tend to cause throbbing pain, which can be severe and make you feel under the weather.
What happens when you have root canal treatment?
Many people dread root canal treatment because it tends to have a bad reputation. However, we can assure you that with our experienced dentists, you are in the best hands. This procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic so you won’t feel any pain at all, and before you know it your tooth will be pain-free and feeling much stronger.
Once the tooth is numb, your dentist will drill into it to reach down to the root canals. They will remove the decayed pulp tissue and clean the tooth, ensuring that any damaged or infected tissue is cleared away. Once the root canals are clean, dental material called gutta percha is placed inside and this seals them. This helps to prevent the spread of infection.
In many cases it is beneficial to fit a new crown once root canal treatment has been completed. This helps to strengthen the tooth and it can also have aesthetic benefits. Crowns are positioned over the top of the tooth and they can be shade matched to blend in seamlessly for a natural look.