When not only the tooth, but also the nerve of the tooth becomes infected, there is only one solution left and that is root canal treatment.
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment, also called endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure that treats the infection that is located at the centre of a tooth. This infection may occur when fillings leak, teeth suffer a trauma (like a hit or a fall) or simply when you are dealing with tooth decay.
However, you may not even know if you have or don’t have an infection. The best way to be sure is to take an x-ray.
The bacteria infect the pulp that surrounds your teeth, causing it to slowly die. After that, not only does it increase in number, but it will also start passing down to the root canal, causing your tooth to become more and more painful. Note that, in extreme circumstances, your face may also become swollen.
How does it work?
In order to remove the bacteria, you will need a minimum of 2 visits to your dentist. Firstly, the doctor will clean the root canal by cleaning all the abscesses from your tooth. Also, a temporary filling will be placed.
The second visit can take place the next day. This time the dentist will check for signs of the infection and if everything is all right, he will fill the tooth permanently. In order to better protect and strengthen the tooth, a crown may also be placed.
What to do after having a root canal treatment?
The doctors recommend that after a root canal treatment you should avoid biting on hard foods for a while. Also, as usual, you should try and maintain a good oral hygiene by not smoking and by not having too much sugary food in your diet. For more information about our root canal treatment at Sparkle Dental Boutique near Chiswick please contact the team today.