An end to painful infection with root canal from City of London dentist
If you’ve heard of a root canal procedure, the chances are that you’ve probably heard the horror stories about how painful they are and want to avoid them at all cost. There is an element of truth in this but the reality is that it is not the root canal treatment that causes the pain but the infection that is removed during the treatment. The dreaded root canal actually brings an end to the pain of dental infection and could be very much needed if you’re in great pain.
Infections happen in the teeth when the protective layer of enamel is breached and bacteria is allowed to penetrate to the heart of the tooth. This then attacks the pulp and dental nerve causing great pain and ultimately destroying it, causing the tooth to die and fall out. This is obviously not a very pleasant experience and needs to be treated as soon as possible. If the infection is caught soon enough it may be treatable with antibiotics but in some cases the infection is too deep rooted and needs to be treated with a root canal.
This involves the dentist drilling down into the root of the tooth and removing the infection by hand. They will then fill the cavity with medicine to remove any residual traces of the infection before filling the cavity and usually covering the tooth with a dental crown. This will protect the tooth from further infection.
Your City of London dentist will use an anaesthetic during the operation so there is no real need for the surgery to be any more painful than any other dental treatment. If you think you may be suffering from an infection you need to see a dentist as soon as possible as the sooner you receive treatment the less pain you will suffer and the easier treatment will be.