Dental pain can be a real problem, but thankfully we are here to help! If you have an infected tooth or you’ve been suffering from dental pain, call us today and we will have you fighting fit again in no time.
What is root canal treatment?
The root canals stretch from the centre of the tooth into the tooth roots and they contain the pulp tissue, the living tissue of the tooth. When an infection reaches the pulp, there is a high risk of abscesses and further infection and root canal treatment may be recommended. The pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels and once it is infected, blood supply to the tooth is reduced and the tooth slowly starts to die. Root canal treatment stems the spread of infection and offers an effective alternative to losing the tooth through extraction.
What happens when you have root canal treatment?
When you have root canal treatment, your tooth will be numbed using local anaesthetic and once you can’t feel anything, your dentist will drill into your tooth. The decayed pulp tissue will be removed from the root canals and your dentist will clean the tooth thoroughly to get rid of any traces of harmful bacteria. Once the root canals are clear, they are filled using gutta percha, a dental material that seals them and helps to reduce the risk of infection spreading further down into the roots.
In many cases, it’s beneficial to fit a new crown following root canal treatment. This helps to offer further protection to the tooth.
After root canal treatment, the effects of the local anaesthetic will start to wear off and you can start your using your tooth normally. It’s advisable to avoid very hot drinks and food to begin with to avoid scalding your mouth while the tooth is still a little numb.
If you have any questions about root canal therapy or you’d like to make an appointment to find out why you’ve been suffering from troublesome tooth pain, call our friendly reception team today.