A tooth that has suffered an infection or trauma isn’t beyond salvaging.

In many cases, it’s possible to save it with root canal treatment. Our dentists here in Blackwood are particularly experienced at carrying out root canal treatment, which you may also have heard referred to as endodontic treatment.

Root canal treatment removes infected matter at the heart of a tooth. The tooth is then sealed back up again to protect it from reinfection. In some instances, a crown is fitted to ensure the functionality and aesthetic of the tooth in the long term. This is normally necessary for back teeth such as molars, as opposed to front teeth which are under less biting pressure. However, if discolouration has occurred, we may place a crown on a front tooth, to restore its appearance.

How do teeth become infected?

Infection can occur as a result of an untreated cavity, an abscess or trauma to the face.

How do I know I need root canal treatment?

In many cases, the symptoms of an infected tooth can go unnoticed for quite some time. However, the following symptoms can be indicators that an infection is present:

  • Darkening of an individual tooth.
  • Unpleasant taste in your mouth.
  • Pain or sensitivity around a certain tooth.
  • Chipped or cracked tooth.
  • Swelling in the jaw area.

The best way to avoid a dental infection caused by decay is never to miss a routine dentist appointment. Wearing a custom made mouth guard during contact sports will help to stop trauma from occurring and cutting off the blood supply to your tooth, which would otherwise require root canal treatment.

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment with your dentist here in Blackwood straight away. An untreated infection could spread to other parts of the mouth, and even enter the bloodstream, causing serious pain and damage to the body.

What is it like to have root canal treatment?

One of the great dentistry myths is that root canal treatment is an uncomfortable procedure to undergo.

In fact, it’s a very routine treatment – our patients are always pleasantly surprised at how simple it is!

We use state-of-the-art magnification technology, allowing us to accurately assess the extent of the infection and treat it efficiently.

For more information regarding this treatment
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