Root Canal Therapy: A Great Treatment for Saving Teeth
Have you recently been told you require root canal therapy? If so you might have wondered what exactly is involved and why it’s even necessary. Root canal therapy is an extremely useful treatment that is fantastic at saving badly infected teeth. It’s necessary if the pulp of your tooth has become infected. The pulp is right at the centre of the tooth and contains nerves and blood vessels. It’s needed when the tooth is developing, but a fully developed adult tooth can survive perfectly well without the pulp although the tooth is considered to be ‘non-vital’ after treatment.
How Does the Tooth Become Infected?
A tooth pulp can become infected if you have a cavity that wasn’t treated in time or perhaps had a filling that has become loose or crumbled away, allowing bacteria in the mouth to get into the tooth. Bacteria can also get inside if you have a chip or crack in the tooth which hasn’t been mended. Having an infected tooth can be extremely painful which is why we urge anyone who has toothache to visit Ladbroke Grove Dental Care as soon as possible as otherwise there’s the chance the tooth will become abscessed. There is a much greater chance that root canal therapy will be able to help, the earlier the infection is caught and treated.
What Will Happen during Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is very straightforward and can be carried out under a local anaesthetic to ensure you are completely comfortable at all times. Our dentist in Ladbroke Grove will access the pulp through the crown of the tooth to clean it out completely. They’ll also use specially shaped files to clean out the root canals that are attached to the pulp and which extend into the tooth roots. Once all the infected tissue is removed, the empty pulp and root canals are thoroughly disinfected.
At this stage we may place antibiotics into the empty pulp, particularly if the infection was quite severe and it’s quite possible that the tooth will be temporarily sealed up. This is to ensure all the infection is completely removed before we fully restore the tooth. A tooth that has had root canal therapy might be restored with a filling if it is right in the front of the mouth or more likely with a crown if it is at the back of the mouth. There is no reason why a root treated tooth shouldn’t last for many years, but occasionally a tooth can become reinfected and may require further treatment.
Root canal treatment is excellent for saving teeth, but we’d much prefer it if you didn’t have an infected tooth in the first place. The best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy is to visit your dentist in Ladbroke Grove for regular check-ups and hygiene treatments. This regime should be backed up with good preventative dental care at home.
If you have a nagging toothache or perhaps are just due for a check-up, why not contact Ladbroke Grove Dental Care to book an appointment? Call us on 020 7727 9836.