Trust your local dentist if you need root canal therapy.
No patient likes to be told that they need root canal treatment. Thanks to its unfounded reputation, those words are, for some, quite a concern.
Thankfully, the procedure is nowhere as bad as we are led to believe, and with the treatment being carried out by the endodontic specialist based at our Bromley dental practice, you can be assured that you are in very capable hands.
In fact, if you are told that you need root canal treatment, it means that the specialist feels that the natural tooth can be saved. This means that there may be no need for extraction with the resultant gap in the teeth, or the need for a replacement such as a bridge or dental implant. The reality is that once the canals of the teeth become infected, they cannot be ‘cured’. The only option available is to access the canals and remove the infected material, cleaning the hollow canals and filling them. To complete the procedure, a crown will be placed on the tooth to create a better aesthetic appearance and to strengthen it.
What causes canal infection?
The root canals contain the nerves and many tiny blood vessels. Whilst this part of the tooth is generally well protected by the outer layers of the tooth, both decay and damage to the tooth can lead to bacteria entering the canals and causing infection. When this occurs, it is likely that the patient will be very aware of it. Pain caused by root canal infection can be quite severe and there may also be some swelling in the area. Whatever the level of pain or swelling though, you should always call our Bromley dentists as soon as you start to feel this. Prompt action will both give you relief from the pain much quicker and also increase the chances of a successful procedure.
Failing to have the tooth treated promptly may lead to the loss of the tooth, and, in a worse case scenario, the infection may spread further, causing medical complications.
At the Smile Dental Practice in Bromley, we understand that some patients are nervous about receiving dental treatment, and, in the case of root canal treatment, quite likely even more so. We would like to assure our patients that not only will they receive excellent care at the hands of the endodontic specialist, but conscious sedation is also available, should you wish to have it, to help you through the procedure.
If you do feel that you would like to be sedated during the procedure, please let us know as soon as you can. You should also bring someone with you to take you home as you will be unable to drive until the effects of the sedation have gone completely.
For any information about the endodontic services offered at the Smile Dental Practice, please call us on 020 8462 2473.