Root canal treatment is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the centre of the tooth. A tooth can become infected when the bacteria that lives in your mouth invades the network of tissue fibres, nerves and blood vessels. This can happen if a tooth is badly decayed or is damaged as a result of trauma.
If left untreated the pulp of the tooth will begin to die, allowing the bacteria to then multiply and spread causing symptoms such as pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods. As the infection progresses these symptoms may disappear and you may think the tooth has healed itself when in actual fact the infection is spreading through the root canal system.
You will eventually experience symptoms such as:
It is extremely important that if you are experiencing toothache or any of the above symptoms that you visit a dentist as an infected tooth cannot heal by itself. If you need help call us on 0115 9733591
Root canal treatment can be avoided by having a good oral hygiene regime and by visiting your dentist regularly. Our dental hygienist, Rebecca, will give you a professional scale and polish and also advise you on the correct home care.
Having routine examinations means your dentist is in a good position to be able to pick up on any problems such as cracked or damaged fillings or teeth. Treating issues early means avoiding infections and further complications.
Tooth decay is one of the most common causes of root canal infections so brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily and reduce the amount of fizzy drinks and sugar in your diet to ensure your teeth stay nice and healthy.
If you would like any further advice about root canal treatment, our team are here to help