Root Canal: It’s not too late to save your infected tooth!
At New England Dental we believe that prevention is better than cure, which is why we provide root canal therapy to save a patient’s wobbly or infected tooth.
It should come as no surprise that keeping your natural teeth is always the more preferred choice than prosthetic replacements.
When would you need root canal therapy?
When your tooth is causing you discomfort due to an infection or inflammation of dead pulp, root canal therapy, technically known as Endodontics, may be the perfect solution to save your teeth. Root canal therapy is the most preferred choice over an extraction and quite rightly so. If you could save your tooth why wouldn’t you?
Dead pulp is the root cause of inflammation and infection
Dental pulp, acts as the central nervous system of your tooth. Dental pulp is the soft tissue in the canal that runs through the centre of a tooth. Once a tooth is fully formed it can function normally without its pulp. When this pulp becomes infected or inflamed you can expect serious pain, not just in the tooth but also in the jaw.
The main causes of infected and inflamed dental pulp are:
- Gum disease
- Cracked teeth
- Wear and tear of teeth
- Tooth decay
- Injury or trauma to the tooth site
Signs that you have an infection include:
- Sensitivity to hot food or cold beverages
- Spontaneous tooth pain
- Pain when chewing or biting
- Loosening of the tooth
- Facial swelling
- Persistent abscess on the tooth
- Puss oozing around the tooth
Root canal treatment – restore your tooth function
During your appointment at New England Dental group, Dr Henzell will inspect the tooth site as well as your entire mouth to detect any other underlying issues. If Dr Henzell finds that the best course of action is to perform root canal therapy, he will then advise you of your options to ensure you are happy and are fully aware of the procedure and expected outcomes.
What happens during root canal therapy?
The actual process of root canal therapy can take up to three visits, depending on how complex the tooth is, and how long the infection takes to clear.
The process involves disinfecting the internal portion of the tooth (pulp), extracting any remnants of decay and infection, then filling the internal structure with a sealant to prevent further infection and restore your tooths function.
How long does it take to heal my tooth after root canal therapy?
Once the infection is removed and the tooth is sealed, most patients can expect a healthy and functioning tooth within 1 -2 weeks. In some cases, a crown may need to be placed to ensure strength of the natural tooth
If you look after your teeth and gums, your root canal treated tooth may last a lifetime. However, here at New England Dental we always do our best to educate our patients about the importance of maintaining good oral care. It is important to ensure you regularly schedule your check up and professional clean with us every six months, and be sure to follow a consistent oral care routine at home. If you look after your teeth and gums, your root canal treated tooth may last a lifetime.