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Sunshine Dental Root Canal Treatment

Sunshine Dental Root Canal

What is a Root Canal Treatment?

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:

  • Swelling of the gum near the affected tooth
  • Pus oozing from the affected tooth
  • Facial swelling
  • The tooth becoming darker in colour

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

About Root Canal Treatment

No. Usually, a local anaesthetic is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done. There may be some tenderness afterwards but this should gradually get less over time.
The aim of the treatment is to remove all the infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist.

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.

We ensure all our patients have all of the information they need to make an informed choice about treatments and we will talk through all of your options during an in-depth consultation.

Any Questions?

If you would like any further advice about root canal treatment, our team are here to help

Contact us today to book a consultation