Root Canal Therapy and Why It’s Nothing to Be Feared
We know a lot of people feel fearful about visiting the dentist and as a result may neglect to have regular check-ups and cleanings. Unfortunately this can lead to dental problems, often requiring the care of an emergency dentist in Downham Market. One of the most common problems is having an infected tooth. This can develop as a result of untreated tooth decay or perhaps a knock to the tooth that has badly chipped it, allowing bacteria to enter and infect the tooth.
How Can Teeth Become Infected?
Anything that damages the hard outer layer of your tooth surface, which is called tooth enamel, can result in bacteria getting into the tooth. While tooth enamel is very strong, it protects a much softer layer of tooth structure called dentine and this is much more easily eaten away by bacteria in the mouth. Eventually these bacteria can reach the very central part of the tooth which is called the pulp. When this happens you’ll probably feel it, as it can be very painful whenever you try to bite or chew on the tooth, or it may even cause a throbbing pain. At this stage it is important to get in touch with an emergency dentist in Downham Market as soon as you can as it’s likely your tooth will require a root canal treatment.
Root Canal Treatment Should Be No Worse Than a Filling
The good news is that a root canal treatment is no worse than having a filling and you can rest assured that our dentist in Downham Market will make sure you are comfortable right throughout treatment. A root canal treatment will get rid of any toothache and can save a badly infected tooth. One thing to bear in mind is that treatment is more successful the sooner you come to see us as we can catch the infection before it spreads out into the tooth root and into the surrounding bone. When this happens it can cause an abscess which will be even more painful, so please don’t put off giving us a call!
During your root canal treatment the inside of your tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and it’s possible we may place topical antibiotics into the empty cavity if the infection was particularly severe. Afterwards the tooth will be sealed and you’ll need to return at a later date to have it permanently restored. This may be in the form of a filling or a crown, depending on the location of the tooth and the extent of the damage. A tooth that has had a root canal treatment can last for many years so it’s well worth doing. Our dentist in Downham Market will always try to save badly infected teeth as extraction is definitely the last option.
If you have got toothache then please do give us a call. Our emergency dentist in Downham Market makes every effort to see patients who are in pain as soon as possible. If you haven’t been to a dentist for a while then it’s worth booking a checkup. Regular dental care can help avoid problems such as infected teeth and will keep your smile looking its best at all times. You can contact Downham Market Dental Care on 01366 382265.