When teeth become infected as the result of dental decay it can be a very painful experience and one that can cause you a lot of misery and anxiety. Infections are almost always started by plaque and bacteria eroding the protective layer of enamel that coats the teeth. This forms dental cavities which are further exposed until the enamel is finally penetrated and the softer more sensitive inner part of the tooth is exposed. Infections then take hold in these cavities and begin to attack the dental nerve which is why it so painful. If this is not remedied quickly, the nerve will eventually die and the tooth will fall out.
Obviously this is not something that you want to happen so it is always advised that you see a dentist if you think you may have an infection. One of the most common ways of treating infections that have penetrated to the centre of the tooth is with a root canal treatment. This is a most feared procedure but if performed with anaesthetic should be no more painful than a filling.
The Central London dentist will drill down into the centre of the tooth and remove any infected matter. They will then fill the cavity with medicine to remove any residual infection. The cavity then needs to be filled ands covered with a dental crown to protect the tooth from further damage. Root canal treatments are a very successful way of saving your tooth from infection and ultimately loss. With modern technology and tools there is no reason to fear a root canal. In fact it could be just the treatment to save you from a lot of unnecessary pain.