Root Canal Treatment
Prevention for tooth extraction
If you are suffering from pain and discomfort, root canal treatment will ensure any infection is removed and help to prevent the need to extract the affected tooth.
Root canal treatment is undertaken when the nerve supply of a tooth is infected. At first there may be no pain but we can identify problem areas using X-Rays. If left untreated, or unnoticed, the infection will spread to the tooth and possibly cause an abscess which is incredibly painful.
To resolve the problem your tooth will be numbed using a local anaesthetic . A small hole is made in the top and this is used to remove the infected tissue and contents. If required we will then drain the abscess. The root canal is then thoroughly disinfected and filled to seal it and prevent further infection.
We always advise the fitting of a crown afterwards to strengthen and protect the tooth. Failure to carry out this process properly will cause the infection to spread and as a result compromise the tooth requiring to to be extracted.
Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
- It will stop the pain
- Prevents the need for extraction enabling patients to keep their natural teeth longer
- Is a proactive way to protect your wellbeing and maintain your smile
Book your consultation
At Smiles, we feel it important to offer a no-obligation consultation to anyone who is considering treatment. This will enable us to fully explain the products we use and what is involved in the delivery of the treatment. It will also enable us to ask you a few health-based questions which may highlight possible contraindications to having such treatments. In this case, we will be able to advise you of alternative options. Your health and safety is of paramount importance to us and we always endeavour to ensure the safest and optimal outcome for you.
Frequently asked questions
Why is root canal dangerous?
Root canal is a common procedure that has been performed by dentists for decades. The process repairs teeth that have become decayed or infected.
There is a link between the disease of the gums and chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease and cancers. It has been shown that root canals can display the same health risks when complications are involved.
The complications can include, infections after the procedure, accumulations of unwanted materials, and bad immune system response. The major factor that causes issues with treatments primarily stems from toxic materials. At Smiles on Broadway, we use the highest quality materials to ensure the longevity of all treatments.
When root canal is required?
Sometimes, teeth pain is a key indicator that root canal is required but it’s important to know what type of pain requires this type of treatment. Signs of severe infection that usually lead to root canal treatment consist of:
- Serious pain when putting pressure on a particular area when eating.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold that continues after the cause has been removed.
- A small bump on the area of your gums that is near to the tooth.
- Darkening of teeth
- Swelling in the gums near the area of tooth pain
What root canal means?
‘Root canal’ describes a dental procedure used to alleviate pain and remove infected tissue from the root canal.