Root canal treatment is used to repair and save a tooth that has become badly decayed or infected. During the procedure the dentist will remove the nerve and pulp from the tooth, clean the canal to remove any remaining infection and will ensure that the tooth is sealed to prevent the infection reoccurring. Treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic, so you will not feel any pain and is normally carried out over two or three appointments.
The tooth may feel sensitive for a couple of days following root canal treatment, but this can normally be controlled using over the counter pain killers and you should be able to return to your normal activities the following day.
The tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day to day functioning of the tooth.
- Saving tooth – if left untreated the infection in the pulp of a tooth can cause the structure to deteriorate. This means that the tooth will eventually become unsalvageable and will need to be extracted.
- Reducing Pain – root canal treatment will help to alleviate the pain and discomfort, by removing the infected pulp and nerve.
- Preventing abscess forming – in the early stages an infection can be painless, by undergoing root canal treatment at this stage you can prevent the formation of a painful abscess.
- Improving oral health – If left untreated the infection in the tooth can spread from the mouth into other parts of the body. Undergoing root canal treatment is a proactive way to protect your health and maintain your smile.
- Maintaining confidence and self-esteem – with root canal treatment there is no need to worry about an un-slightly gap or expensive implant treatment to replace a missing tooth. Your smile will remain intact and looking its best.
Experiencing problems with a tooth, think you may need root canal treatment? Call Leigh Dental Centre on 01702 472929 to book an appointment.