When Your Dental Emergency Turns Out To Be A Root Canal Infection

When Your Dental Emergency Turns Out To Be A Root Canal Infection

Why our Streatham dentists perform this procedure to save an infected tooth.

Emergency dental appointments are usually made when there is either obvious damage to a tooth, such as a breakage, or where the patient is experiencing a painful toothache. In either case, prompt treatment is likely to be necessary, both to correct the problem and to relieve any pain that the patient might be feeling.

Where a toothache is present, many people assume that this is being caused by tooth decay, but may, in fact, be being caused by an infection in the root canal of the tooth. Where this is the case, a straightforward filling would not suffice, and, instead, the patient must undergo a root canal procedure.

Forget the myths

You will, no doubt, have heard how terrible and painful this procedure is. If so, please put that thought out of your mind. The reality is that it should cause no more discomfort than many other invasive dental procedures. Once we have x-rayed the tooth to make sure that no abscesses are present, and we have administered the local anaesthetic, the procedure should be able to go ahead with minimal discomfort.

Performing the procedure

Once we are sure that the area of the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove the top section of the tooth in order to access the infected canals. These are then cleaned of any infected material and sealed using a special filling called gutta percha. Finally, a dental crown will be added to the tooth both to provide it with a natural appearance, as well as to give it additional strength.

We will provide aftercare advice following this procedure at our Streatham Dental Practice, and it is important that you try to follow this as carefully as possible. As with any teeth, neglect may lead to problems such as gum disease, and even, potentially, the eventual loss of the tooth.

Take care

Although your newly treated tooth should be sufficiently strong for everyday use, it will contain no nerves as these will have been removed during the cleaning process. This means that it is much easier to bite down on something harder than intended. Please try to avoid using this tooth when biting down on harder foods especially. Providing that you follow this advice and continue with your regular check ups at the Confidental Clinic, your root canal treated tooth should last for many years.

Hopefully this blog will have helped to allay any concerns that you might have about undergoing a root canal procedure but we are always happy to discuss the treatment in more detail with you if you need more advice.

Emergency dental appointments, along with routine ones, can be made by calling the Confidental Clinic in Streatham on 020 8674 2052.