Inside a tooth is a small space named the root canal, within the root canal is the dental pulp made up of the nerves and blood vessels. If the dental pulp becomes infected a toothache or abscess may form. The cause of this infection can often be attributed to deep fillings, decay, tooth fracture or trauma. In some cases, it may not be clear as to why the pulp has become infected.
We can save these teeth at our clinics our dentists can perform root canal treatments. This is a procedure which involves drilling through the tooth and removing the pulp with dental files. The canal is cleaned, measured, washed and shaped with these files and an anti-bacterial solution. Once the canals are completely cleaned they are sealed with a permanent root filling. These teeth can be structurally compromised following root canal treatment due to large fillings. To protect these weakened teeth a crown is recommended to ensure the longevity of the tooth. The alternative treatment of an infected tooth is an extraction and implant placement.
Local anaesthetic and modern painkillers are used to provide comfortable treatment. Usually painful symptoms improve once treatment has started. Your dentist will be able to give you an estimate of the cost of the treatment after thorough examination and a talk with you. The cost will depend on the difficulty and the time spent treating the tooth.
Signs to look for include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling, drainage and tenderness in the lymph nodes as well as nearby bone and gum tissues. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms.
To find out if you could benefit from this or another procedure schedule your consultation with our practice today.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.