Say goodbye to toothache
quickly and decisively
When you’re in pain all you want to happen is for the pain to go away. Toothache is a horrible thing and that’s something that we understand. There are many different reasons for toothache and one of the main reasons for severe pain is infection. Root canal treatment is all about removing infection and bacteria from the tooth so the body can heal itself and restore the tooth back to normal.
When do you need a root canal?
A tooth can become infected in a few different ways, but the main one is from bacteria reaching the internal pulp structure of the tooth. A normal tooth is supplied with blood by a small vessel that enters through the tip of the root, which keeps the tooth alive and healthy. The inside part of the tooth has a small hollow space in the middle of each root which receives this blood supply, and this is called the root canal system. Bacteria from the mouth can reach this root canal system either via decay or a fracture in the tooth. Once the bacteria have infected the root canal system it’s very difficult for you to remove them yourself as they are hidden in the internal portion of the tooth.
The aim of the treatment is to gain access to the root canal, remove the bacteria by flushing it with lots of disinfectant, and then to seal it up to prevent bacteria from getting down there again. Once this has been done we place crowns or fillings to seal the tooth.
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The stages of tooth decay
- Early decay
Bacteria in your mouth feed off the sugars you consume, and they produce acid as a by-product. This acid destroys your tooth tissue and you get a cavity in the tooth.
- Advancement of decay
Left untreated, the decay will get deeper into the tooth making it harder for you to clean which increases the speed of progression.
- Bacterial penetration of the pulp
The bacteria will carry on advancing, destroying tooth tissue until they reach the pulp. This is the internal blood supply of the tooth. Once this is infected, the tooth will need root canal treatment.
- Bacterial progression to the bone
Left untreated, the bacteria will go all the way to the end of the canal and reach the bone. Once this has happened the tooth can be painful to bite down on and can cause constant and severe pain.
Gentle, pain-free root canal treatments
We use high-spec microscopes to ensure we do the best job. Root canal treatment can be difficult to carry out as root canals are very small. Using the microscope means visibility is good, resulting in a much better outcome.
Many nervous patients come through our doors and we do everything we can to reassure them. We can offer you sedation if you are worried about root canal treatment, and our gentle, patient dentists do all they can to help you feel as calm as possible. We truly believe that dentistry doesn’t have to be painful and this belief has shaped our customer care over the years.
Do you require another treatment?
If you are affected by decay or plaque, we may suggest that you see a hygienist to help improve your overall oral health. You may also need to have a filling or a crown after a root canal treatment to seal the tooth.
If you are in a lot of pain and require root canal treatment quickly, we offer an emergency service.
Contact the team at Gentle Dental Care to discuss root canal treatment further. We can offer flexible appointments to suit everyone. Book in for a free consultation and let’s see how we can be of assistance.
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