About Dentist in Reading and Canal Root Treatment
A tooth root canal treatment – also known as endodontics – is when infections at the center of teeth are treated. The infections occur as a result of bacteria that live in the mouth invading teeth as a result of tooth decay, poor fillings, or when teeth become damaged after accidents. If you have an infected tooth root canal treatment could be just what you need.
The only time one definitely needs root canal treatment is if a dental x-ray shows the pulp of the tooth has been damaged as a result of bacterial infection. Pulp will die as a result of bacterial infection, which allows the bacteria to thrive and multiply, even more, spreading to other teeth and beyond.
The most common symptoms of pulp infection are when you suffer from pain after eating or drinking extremely hot and cold things, pain when biting and chewing, or loose teeth.
The symptoms will actually disappear when the infection gets worse because the pulp dies. It can feel like your tooth has healed, but the reality is that the infection is spreading through the root canal system. This causes additional symptoms, including:
You should always pay a visit to your dentist if you suffer from a toothache. Your pulp is unable to heal itself when infected, needing medical intervention. If you leave your infected tooth as it is the problem will only get worse. As the infection gets worse, it also reduces the effectiveness of root canal treatments. Even antibiotics, which are designed to treat bacterial infections, are not effective with infections of the root canal.
Treating the infection in the root canal involves removing the bacteria. This is done by either removing the tooth with an extraction, or removing the bacteria through a root canal treatment. It’s always best to avoid removing teeth though, as you should keep as many natural teeth as possible for as long as possible.
After the dentist removes the bacteria, they will fill the root canal and seal the tooth with a crown or filling. The good news is that any inflammation that occurs near infected teeth heals by itself over time.
You will typically receive a local anaesthetic before the root canal treatment. This means that you won’t feel much pain during the treatment and it should feel just like having a filling. Root canal treatment is almost always successful and it can extend the life of your teeth by up to 10 years.
You should make sure that you look after your teeth following a root canal treatment. Avoid eating tough foods until after the treatment is complete. There should be no pain in your tooth after treatment, but it could be sensitive for a few more days, so be gentle with it. Take ibuprofen or paracetamol to relieve any pain, and visit your dentist if these medications cause any pain or swelling. Keep your teeth healthy and practice good oral hygiene and you should be able to avoid the need for further treatment.