The Root Canal Treatment Process Explained by The Bristol Dental Practice
The root canal treatment process is a process which enables natural teeth to be preserved instead of them needing to be removed. It is important to preserve as many natural teeth as possible which is why, if a tooth becomes infected, it is preferred to preserve the natural tooth instead of removing it. This is where root canal treatment is extremely beneficial as it ensures that the natural tooth can be preserved instead of having to be removed. This article will inform you more about the symptoms you may encounter before you require the treatment, the root canal treatment process and what to expect after the treatment. If you are interested in finding out more about root canal treatment in Bristol then do not hesitate to visit The Bristol Dental Practice today or call: 0117 910 5929.
Symptoms That Indicate Infection Within Root Canal System
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p in the process is identifying when you may have an infection within the root canal system. This infection is caused by bacterial infection from bacteria that live inside of the mouth and begin to attack the core of a tooth. When the pulp of the tooth is damaged, the tooth will need to be either removed or repaired with root canal treatment. This damage can be identified with x-rays of the tooth that will serve to demonstrate that the pulp of the tooth has been damaged by bacterial infection. If the pulp dies due to this infection, the bacteria can spread which would be extremely detrimental. There are several symptoms that may indicate pulp damage including experiencing pain whilst biting or chewing food, experiencing pain whilst drinking hot or cold food and drink or if your tooth becomes loose. If left untreated, it will appear as if the tooth has healed but it has not and the infection has most likely spread into the root canal system. If toothache develops then it is important to see a dentist to ensure that you are not experiencing damaging of the tooth pulp due to bacterial infection. This is where root canal treatment will be implemented.
The Root Canal Treatment Process
If this toothache does, in fact, indicate that there is a bacterial infection damaging the pulp of the tooth via X-ray then root canal treatment needs to take place. This process is designed to remove the bacteria from the root canal system to ensure that it cannot spread. After the bacteria has been removed, the root canal is then filled to protect it further and the tooth is thus sealed with a filling or crown. The procedure is administered under local anesthetic to ensure that you experience as little pain as possible akin to the implementation of a filling. After the treatment is carried out it is important to keep your teeth clean and take combative steps such as giving up unhealthy habits such as smoking and reducing sugar and intake of acidic food. Taking these steps will ensure that you can prevent further root canal damage and ensure that you can keep your teeth healthy and happy.
Why Should You Immediately Seek Treatment
The December edition of our article discusses why you need to think about seeking treatment if you are suffering from the symptoms of a root canal infection.
Although immediate treatment may not be the first thing in your mind, it’s highly advised to seek the help of a dentist. Root canal treatment can save your natural tooth as well as relieve the pain that you may be experiencing. This treatment can also avoid the need to have your affected tooth removed and prevents the spreading of infection. The treatment can also prevent the re-infection of the affected tooth and this can prevent further discomfort. A missing tooth also causes issues such as your teeth becoming crooked or misaligned due to the lack of a tooth. It’s therefore imperative that you try and keep your natural tooth. You will also prevent the need for a denture, bridge or dental implant if you take action against an infection of your tooth pulp. Due to the fact that your tooth is unable to heal itself, preventative measures need to be taken to ensure that your tooth does not become damaged further or that the infection does not spread. The bacterial infection can be caused by issues such as tooth decay. Leaky fillings may also cause this bacterial infection and damage to your teeth from trauma such as a fall may also cause this bacterial infection. But how else can root canal treatment be used to treat your affected tooth and what can you do to try and prevent this type of infection?
Strengthening Your Teeth – Taking Action Against Infection
Should your tooth require additional strength then a crown may be required. A crown offers additional strength for your tooth whilst also ensuring that your tooth looks as natural as possible. A crown or custom made cap is produced to cover your tooth. This crown is also used to protect your tooth from further damage. After the treatment you may feel discomfort but it’s highly encouraged to maintain a healthy dental regime after your treatment. This includes brushing and flossing regularly and avoiding foods that are high in sugar to protect your teeth against tooth decay. Taking action such as a healthy dental regime can also prevent infections of the pulp of your teeth as this is primarily caused by tooth decay. You should avoid eating acidic foods in excess as well as changing lifestyle habits such as smoking. After your treatment, you can use over-the-counter pain killers to help with discomfort. Should you however feel significant discomfort or continue to experience pain or swelling after using painkillers then return to the dentist as soon as is possible. This is to ensure that the procedure is working effectively as well as to take action should this be required. Having regular check-ups is also an important way to maintain the health of your teeth after treatment. If you also feel that you need further advice regarding cleaning your teeth or your dental health then you can also arrange for a visit to our team of expert hygienists. They can advise you on how to continue to clean your teeth effectively as well as on how to keep your tooth healthy after root canal treatment.
Contact The Bristol Dental Practice for Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is the ideal procedure due to the fact that it can preserve a damaged tooth instead of resulting in it needing to be removed. This process will also prevent the root canal to be damaged further as this can result in dangerous infections containing to manifest within your mouth. There are several ways to also combat root canal damage and following these can reduce the risk that you face of getting a bacterial infection within the root canal of your tooth. If you are interested in finding out more about root canal treatment, if you are worried about tooth ache or other common symptoms or if you require specialist root canal treatment in Bristol then do not hesitate to visit The Bristol Dental Practice today or call: 0117 910 5929 for a free consultation.