Is the pain in your tooth affecting your daily life?
If you are suffering from toothache we would strongly recommend you visit the dentist as soon as possible.
There a number of factors that can contribute to toothache:
This is why it is important to regularly visit the dentist. By visiting the dentist on a six monthly basis, we can treat decay with a filling. However, if they decay is left untreated it can work down to the pulp of your tooth.
Decay beneath a filling
One of the many problems with the old amalgam fillings is that your tooth is still susceptible to decay. In fact, decay can form under amalgam fillings and cause further problems. With modern fillings, the whole tooth is protected from decay.
If gum disease is allowed to progress, it will gradually break down the connective tissue and bone that hold your teeth in place. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, a healthy diet and regular visits to the dentist can help to combat gum disease.
Root canal treatment
Root canal treatment is intended to treat the infected pulp of a tooth. The pulp is the tissue that provides oxygen, feeling and nutrients to a tooth. However, a tooth can survive without the pulp.
The infection is often caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth when:
Tooth decay occurs
Teeth are damaged by trauma
The bacteria needs to be removed in order to treat the infection in the root canal which can be achieved by extracting the tooth or attempting to save the tooth by removing the bacteria from the root canal system.
In order to save the tooth, the infected pulp needs to be removed. This treatment can take two or three visits to the dentist. The first appointment is the consultation: during this consultation your Excellence In Dentistry dentist will explain what is involved in a root canal treatment and what you expect post-treatment.
The second appointment is when one of our dentists will remove the infected pulp and clean around the tooth root. Your tooth will be filled, and it will be discussed whether or not you will need a dental crown to strengthen and protect your treated tooth.
Saving your tooth is preferable
Extraction is the last resort—if a tooth can be saved with root canal treatment this is what we would strongly recommend. Thanks to advances in dentistry, a root canal treatment is no more painful than getting a filling, and if you are nervous about visiting Excellence In Dentistry, we offer sedation options to help you relax.