Why you should see your endodontist in Birmingham for root canals
Most of us rarely run into any major issues in our lifetime, with most experiencing a minor dental treatment or two as they get older and their teeth start to experience wear and tear. But in some cases more major procedures are required to curb potentially serious problems with your teeth.
Treatments such as root canals by your endodontist in Birmingham. Here’s a brief summary of when this specialist may need to step in to help save your teeth.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a process by which your endodontist in Birmingham removes the dental pulp, cleans the tooth and then seals this sterile cavity back up again. It’s mainly used as a way of repairing or saving a tooth that’s become badly decayed or infected. The idea is to clean out any infection and provide a bacteria free interior and reduce the discomfort brought on by inflammation through the original infection.
What’s dental pulp?
Dental pulp is basically the soft spongy material inside the centre of your tooth. This area contains the various nerves, blood vessels and parts of tissue that connects your tooth to your gums. The nerve of your tooth, often referred to as the root, is inside this area in a small canal and it runs from the connecting tip that’s attached to your gums, to the pulp.
Where you run into problems is if this pulpy area becomes damaged or bacteria manages to work its way in. This leads to it becoming inflamed and painful as the germs inside break down the interior pulp, spread the infection and in some cases create a pus filled abscess that can further infect the root of your tooth.
The signs you need a root canal
If reading all that has got you worried then don’t worry too much, there are signs to keep an eye on that might hint at you needing root canal in which case you will need to get in touch with us, so that we can help you.
For example, if you’re experiencing a swelling in your mouth that then spreads to other areas of your face such as your neck or your head. You may also have severe toothache whenever you chew or apply any sort of pressure to your teeth. Or if there’s a discolouration, tenderness and a prolonged feeling of sensitivity to temperatures whilst you’re eating.
Our talented team at St Pauls Square Dental Care will strive to diagnose and treat your dental woes in no time at all.
How it’s treated
The main way to treat one of these infections is as we mentioned, through a root canal. Generally this procedure involves your endodontist taking an X-ray of the area to diagnose the type of infection, then a local anaesthetic will be used to numb the area before a small hole is drilled into the infected tooth and the interior material is removed. The hole is then sealed back up to keep the area sterile. This is something our endodontist has performed regularly so there is every reason for you to feel comfortable in their hands if you should need this treatment.
Hopefully this has helped clear up a few things about the root canal treatment. If you begin to show or are already experiencing some of the symptoms we mentioned above then do not hesitate to get in touch with our practice as soon as you can. After all, the quicker you get an infection treated, the more of your tooth can be saved.