Do You Need Root Canal Treatment?

If you are suffering from pain in your tooth, you should book an appointment to have it checked and have your dentist tell you where the pain is coming from. If the source of the pain is infected tooth pulp, then CornerHouse can offer you a root canal treatment to address the symptoms and alleviate your pain.

More About Infection

The pulp is the centre of the tooth – the soft bit. Within it are the nerves and blood vessels and it is connected down to the root of the tooth. Sometimes the pulp becomes susceptible to bacteria, either because of tooth decay or because of some trauma to the area. This may lead to infection, which can cause a dental abscess: a collection of pus that forms in your tooth and can spread to the surrounding area.

The Treatment

To address the infection, the bacteria must be removed. While sometimes extraction of the tooth will be necessary, root canal treatment will try to remove the bacteria while saving the tooth. The NHS says that this treatment is ‘usually successful. In about 9 out of 10 cases, a tooth can survive for up to 10 years after root canal treatment’.

The procedure does the following:

  • the tooth is disinfected
  • the tooth is opened and the pulp removed, and any abscess drained
  • the tooth is filled and sealed
  • in some cases, a crown may be added to the tooth for further protection

If necessary, a local anaesthetic will be used to ensure your experience with us is pain-free.

Treatment will normally be made up of either one or two treatments over approximately three weeks, with each appointment lasting about an hour.

Following Your Treatment

Immediately after your treatment, avoid hard foods to give the area time to heal with minimum disturbance.

To avoid any need for further root canal treatments, following a good dental hygiene routine is paramount. This means check-ups with your dentist every six months, brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day, as well as using mouthwash and flossing or using interdental brushes. You should also take care to follow a good diet – avoiding sugary foods and drinks which lead to an increased risk of tooth decay.

To find out more, give us a call to ask any questions or make an appointment by calling 01603 621613 or booking online.