When the pulp gets infected/inflamed it manifests mainly as severe toothache however, on occasions the symptoms can be milder. There are several reasons the pulp can get infected/inflamed incl. dental decay and trauma. Root canal treatment removes the nerve of the tooth and any bacteria that is enclosed in the root canal system. The canals are then sealed by a special dental material to prevent further infection
Root canal treatment is most of the time painless as local anaesthetic is used. After treatment the tooth may be painful for a couple of days until the surrounding inflamed tissues settle down.
Ideally following root canal treatment a crown is required to prevent fracture of the tooth. 50% of root treated teeth fracture in the first 5 years after treatment.
Root canal treatments are not 100% successful, however the only alternative to a root canal treatment is to extract (remove) the tooth from the mouth.
Sometimes the complex nature of the root canal system may require you to see a specialist endodontist to carry out the root canal treatment.
We would like to inform you that due to the COVID-19 outbreak we are currently unable to work as normal following the latest government guidelines.
This is not a decision we have taken lightly but we feel it is our responsibility to protect you, our valued patients, our team and our families. We have taken the difficult decision to cancel all routine exams, treatments and hygiene appointments.
Please do not arrive at the practice unannounced.
We will be maintaining a telephone service for advice and booking emergency appointments. Dental emergencies include:
Severe pain for over 48 hours
Trauma or uncontrolled bleeding
We understand this is inconvenient and it may mean the treatment timelines are extended. We will be able to reconvene normal service once it is safe to do so. If your appointment needs to be postponed, one of the team will be in touch.
For information on managing your toothache at home click here
Thank you for all your support during these uncertain times.
Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all soon.