Infection and pain are commonly caused by the nerve becoming exposed and bacteria entering this area of your tooth. This may occur as a result of tooth decay, cracked or chipped teeth. Past dental treatments such as a deep fillings and crowns can also present with toothache and infection after treatment.
Root canal treatment is a frequent dental procedure that treats inflamed or infected root nerves. If these go untreated, they can cause significant toothache and may lead to further complications.
Root canal is a proven, long-lasting way to relieve tooth pain, sensitivity and treat infection. Your dentist will first use a local anaesthetic to numb the area around the tooth.
Damaged or decayed parts of the tooth will be removed. The nerve tissue and dental pulp inside the tooth is removed.
Your dentist will then clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth, before using a filling this area.
To reinforce and protect the tooth a filling will be carried out and often it is important to provide additional protection with and Onlay or Crown
Signs such as:
can be indications that a central nerve or dental pulp has become inflamed or infected and requires treatment.
Root canal treatment can be complex and require specialist treatment for best long term outcomes. Your dentist will discuss all options with you at your assessment.