Root Canal treatment
If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, this may be a sign that you require root canal treatment. You may also need root canal treatment if your tooth has become damaged or cracked, you have tooth decay, large fillings or have recently had a trauma to the tooth. These scenarios all leave your tooth open to infection. Root canal problems must be treated as soon as possible as leaving the infection untreated can cause a lot of pain and can be dangerous. Your Durham Smile Clinic dentist can treat your tooth without the need to remove it, leaving you pain-free and in good oral health.
Root canal treatment (or endodontics) is required when there is an infection deep within your tooth. The blood or nerve supply may be infected either due to an injury or a severe cavity. You may not experience any pain or discomfort during the early stages of an infection, however if your tooth changes colour and darkens, that is a sign that your tooth nerve is in danger of dying. If left untreated, this kind of infection can not only be very painful, but can lead to an abscess or even tooth loss.
The five signs of infection deep in your tooth include; serious toothache when eating, or when you put pressure on the tooth, as well as excessively sensitive teeth, a darkening of your tooth, tender or swollen gums or even a small bump on your gum close to a painful tooth. Root canal treatment removes all of the infection from the tooth, before sealing the tooth to protect the damaged nerve and restore you back to good oral health. Endodontic treatment is always carried out by a specialist clinician at our practice in Durham and an anaesthetic is used to keep you comfortable through the process.
At your first appointment with our Durham practice, we will take an x ray to assess the status of the infection. Then a local anaesthesia is administered to the area and a piece of rubber material called a ‘rubber dam’ is placed around the tooth the keep it dry and accessible throughout the procedure. Once you are fully anaesthetised, your dentist will use specially designed tools to remove the infected tissue. Once it is clear, a rubber compound is used to fill the tooth where the