If a decayed tooth is causing you pain, perhaps it is time for a root canal procedure. When cavities and decay are not addressed in their early stages, they can affect the tooth root and cause severe pain. If this happens, you may need a root canal procedure to save your tooth.
Many people are apprehensive about root canal therapy, but rest assured it is nothing to worry about. Our High Street Dental team prides itself on exceptional patient care and we will do all that is possible to make your root canal experience as stress-free and relaxed as possible.
If you are worried about the pain, don’t be. The local anaesthesia will numb the infected tooth and gum area, so you will hardly feel any pain.
Do you need root canal therapy?
Dental decay sometimes sets in so deeps that it affects the nerves of the tooth. Root canal therapy involves scooping out the infected root and pulp of the tooth and cleaning it.
Cavities can be treated with fillings if they are in their early stages, but some severe problems need root canal therapy.
If you notice any of the following, it may be a good idea to come if for a check-up. You may need to undergo a root canal procedure to prevent further damage and to save the tooth.
- Sudden and spontaneous pain in the tooth
- Swelling in gums and face
- You feel pain when you chew food
- Toothache and loose tooth
- Sensitivity and sharp pain when biting down
Most of the above issues are typically caused by what may have started out as a simple cavity. Now you may require root canal treatment. Come in to the clinic for a check-up and our dentists will advise you on the best treatment option.
Root canal procedure
The inner part of the tooth is called the dental pulp. When decay is severe, the pulps gets infected and must be removed. Root canal procedure involves scooping out the infected pulp and cleaning the inside of the tooth.
The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia. The infected part is completely cleaned out and an inert material is filled inside the hollowed out tooth to preserve the strength of the tooth structure.
Capped off with a new crown that matches your natural tooth colour, the treated tooth looks and feels perfect.
If you want to learn more about what is involved in the root canal procedure or whether you need one, get in touch with us right away. Call our friendly team to set up an appointment.