Root canal treatment is performed to save damaged teeth when their pulp (the living tissue within the tooth) becomes infected. The pulp contains delicate blood vessels and nerves and once the pulp becomes infected the tooth starts to die, and the infection can spread causing severe pain and abscess.
Signs of pulp damage may include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth, swelling, tenderness of the overlying gums or a bad taste in the mouth. On the other hand, there may be no symptoms at all. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can eventually cause pain, swelling and loss of the supporting bone.
Root canal treatment saves teeth that would otherwise have been extracted. After root canal treatment the tooth is pulp-less i.e. it has no vital tissues within. However, there are vital tissues surrounding the root e.g. the gum, periodontal membrane and supporting bone. A root canal treated tooth can function normally and can be maintained with routine dental care and oral hygiene measures.
Many patients are nervous when they hear the words ‘root canal treatment’, but the procedure will be painless. A local anaesthetic will be used to ensure you don’t feel any pain or discomfort around the affected area during the procedure.
If you are suffering from the pain of an infected tooth you may be in need of a root canal . Take the first step, and contact our friendly team to arrange a consultation