November 13th, 2012
November is good nutrition month and a healthy diet will help protect healthy teeth. Whilst minimising foods that contain sugar and starch, and limiting snacks between brushing, are all important, so is a healthy diet. Good nutrition will build strong and healthy teeth. Poor nutrition can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. One of the more painful oral problems that will not heal itself, is a root canal infection.
What Is a Root Canal Infection?
Inside every tooth is a soft tissue called pulp which contains nerves. When infected, this soft tissue becomes inflamed and sometimes very painful. However, sometimes the patient feels nothing and only an x-ray will show the infection. Because the infection won’t heal itself, the tooth will often become sensitive to hot or cold can become tender when biting or chewing, can cause facial or oral swelling and sometimes a bad taste in the mouth. If left untreated the tooth will have to be removed.
What Causes Root Canal Infection?
Root canal infections are caused by trauma or injury to the tooth, deep decay, a cracked or chipped tooth, and repeated dental procedures. This can result in abscesses which create the sensitivity felt by people suffering from root canal infections.
Treatment at Sparkle
At Sparkle Dental Boutique near Brentford, treatment typically takes two visits. The first removes the centre of the tooth to allow access to the root. The infected pulp is removed and a temporary filling is put in place. On the second visit the Sparkle, the temporary filling is removed and the tooth is checked to make sure the infection has been successfully treated. The deep filling is then applied and a crown can be added which increases tooth strength and protection.
October 11th, 2011
An Emnid survey of 2,000 people showed that over 80% of participants valued a healthy smile. So when it comes to having teeth removed this is one of the worst things that can happen when trying to preserve your smile. However, in many cases, there is the option of root canal treatment which can save your tooth instead of removing it.
Lots of patients in Brentford are just not sure what root canal treatment actually is, believing that tooth removal is the only way to go – this is not true. On the other hand those who do know what it entails decide against having the treatment, through the belief that it is a painful experience. In actual fact it is relatively pain-free with the addition of properly administered anaesthetic, much like a simple filling procedure.
Teeth can become infected through injury and general decay. When a tooth becomes infected the soft tissue inside becomes inflamed and if left untreated can lead to an abscess, which will cause you pain and discomfort.
So what exactly is root canal treatment?
The procedure is completed within one or two visits to the dentist. Firstly, the infected tissue is removed and the root canal is then cleaned using very fine instruments to prepare it for filling. On your second visit to the dentist the dentist will then fit the filling into the tooth and a crown may also be fitted, to give the tooth some extra protection if needed. After the root canal treatment is complete the newly fixed tooth may feel slightly tender for a few days after. This discomfort can be treated with normal painkillers before the pain eventually subsides.
The treatment has a hugely impressive success rate of around 95% when performed by a qualified dentist and is certainly a viable alternative to having your teeth removed should they become infected. It is a now simple and effective procedure in modern dentistry, so next time you think you have to get that tooth removed – remember that root canal treatment could save your smile.