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Stop Infection in its Tracks with a Root Canal Procedure

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

585986_blogTooth pulp infection may occur due to tooth decay, a dental abscess or oral injury where a tooth is damaged. In such cases, root canal treatment may be necessary to remove the decayed pulp tissue, seal the inner tooth and to restore the tooth structure to good health.

Root canal surgery is used to clear oral infection, prevent tooth loss and protect the body from infection. Incessant toothache is a sign that dental pulp infection may be present.

In some cases, the tooth may be so damaged that tooth extraction is necessary. Patients then have a range of choices to replace the missing tooth, such as crown, bridge or dental implants.

Root canal treatment procedures

Initially, an oral examination is done with dental X-rays or imaging to identify the extent of dental damage and oral infection. During the operation, patients are given a local anaesthetic for pain-free treatment. In some cases, a general anaesthetic may be provided.

Surgical instruments are used to remove infected tooth pulp from the root canal and tooth. A special dental fluid is then used to wash the root canal and tooth out, removing all tissue and debris so that the site is clean and ready to be sealed. Dental filler is used to seal the treated tooth before a tooth restoration, such as a dental filling or crown is fitted.

Root canal treatment and recovery

For a week after treatment, patients should avoid biting on the site. Initially, painkillers may be used to treat any discomfort. Once the tooth is restored with permanent dental restoration, there should be no pain. Teeth cleaning and dental check-ups should continue as normal. If you think you would like a check-up for oral infection please contact the team at City Dental in Leeds.

What Is Involved In Root Canal Treatment?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

585811_blogRoot canal treatment is an endodontic procedure, which means that it involves the tooth pulp; the pulp is the living tissue of the tooth. Usually, root canal treatment is performed when a tooth is decayed or infected and the infection has spread to the pulp and it is often an alternative to tooth extraction.

What exactly does root canal treatment involve?

Before you have root canal treatment, your dentist will numb your tooth completely using local anaesthetic which helps to ensure that you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. Once the tooth is numb, your dentist will use a drill to access the root canals and any decayed or damaged pulp tissue will be removed and the canals will be cleared, cleaned and sealed. The root canals are filled with gutta percha, a dental filling material, to prevent the infection from spreading. Once the procedure is complete, a temporary crown is usually placed and this will be replaced by a permanent restoration around 2 weeks later. Placing a new crown strengthens the tooth and helps to reduce the risk of further infection. Before the crown is placed, the tooth is shaped and an impression is made; the impression is sent to a dental laboratory and your new bespoke crown will be fabricated by a skilled technician.

Are there any alternatives to root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is usually considered as an alternative to tooth extraction, which involves removing the tooth; in effect, this procedure can help to save a tooth. In most cases, a dentist will do everything to can to prevent removing a tooth and root canal treatment is generally preferred to extraction. In cases where the damage or decay is very severe and it is not possible to save the tooth, extraction will be carried out and it is advisable to consider tooth replacement treatment. Replacement options include dental implants, dental bridges and dentures.

Is root canal really as bad as everyone says?

There’s an assumption that root canal treatment is a scary and painful experience, but in reality, this is not the case. The procedure is conducted under local anaesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain. It is true that you may experience mild discomfort after the effects of the anaesthetic start to wear off at home; however, taking over the counter pain relief can usually ease temporary discomfort. If you are anxious about having root canal treatment, don’t hesitate to talk to your dentist.


Effective Root Canal Treatment to Save Your Smile

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

585811_blogIf you’re searching for an effective treatment for a dental infection, root canal treatment could be just the saviour you’ve been looking for. Root canal treatment is often called upon when an infection has become severe and the only other alternative is to remove the tooth. Although many people get anxious when they even hear the words ‘root’ and ‘canal’ in the same sentence, this is actually a simple procedure that can really help to ease discomfort and restore good oral health.

Why would I need Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is predominantly used when an infection has spread to the tooth pulp (the living tissue of the tooth). When the pulp becomes infected, the tooth is at serious risk of extraction. The nerves and blood vessels are located within the pulp.

If you have a tooth that is severely decayed, you may be advised to have root canal treatment. This procedure is often an alternative to extraction and makes the difference between saving and losing a tooth.

The procedure involves clearing, cleaning and sealing the root canals to rid the tooth of infection and decayed tissue and prevent further spread of infection. Before the procedure, your dentist will give you a dose of local anaesthetic and this will numb the tooth so you won’t experience any discomfort. When your tooth is completely numb, your dentist will drill into the tooth and start to remove any decayed tissue from the root canals. Once the root canals are completely clear, your dentist will clean the root canals, fill them with gutta percha (a special dental material) and then seal them. This process helps to reduce the risk of infection spreading through the tooth.

Often, after root canal treatment, we advise fitting a new crown. The crown is placed over the top of the tooth and it helps to stabilise and strengthen it. Crowns also often improve the aesthetic of the tooth, particularly in cases of severe damage or decay.

Why Root Canal is Nothing to Worry About

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

585811_blogWhen it comes to dental anxiety, root canal treatment is right up there with the most nerve-wracking experiences for many anxious patients. But what exactly is root canal treatment and why are people so worried about it? The truth is that root canal treatment is really nothing to worry about and at City Dental Leeds we promise you’re in the safest possible hands. This routine procedure is used to treat dental infections and it can often make the difference between saving and losing a tooth.

What exactly is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is the dental procedure often called into action when a tooth is infected and the infection has reached the pulp. The pulp is the living tissue of the tooth and it contains the nerves and blood vessels. If the pulp becomes infected, blood supply to the tooth can be disrupted and reduced and this eventually causes the tooth to die. Root canal treatment removes the decayed pulp tissue and prevents the infection from spreading any further.

The actual procedure involves drilling into the tooth and removing any decayed tissue from the root canals. The root canals are cleared of damaged tissue and cleaned to remove any traces of harmful bacteria. When the root canals are completely clean, they are then filled with a dental material called gutta percha and sealed. This helps to prevent the spread of infection.

Is root canal treatment painful?

Many people automatically assume that root canal treatment is going to be painful. However, it is carried out under local anaesthetic, so in reality you actually won’t feel much at all. Your dentist will only begin to drill into the tooth once the anaesthetic has taken effect and the tooth is numb.

We understand that for many patients, any kind of dental treatment can be a scary prospect, but we can assure you that you’re in the best hands. Our dental team has experience in caring for patients who suffer with anxiety and dental phobia and we always strive to do everything possible to make you feel comfortable and ensure that treatment goes smoothly.

What happens after root canal treatment?

After root canal treatment, your mouth will feel numb for a short period of time. After a while, the sensation will start to come back and you may experience some discomfort. If this is the case, we recommend taking over the counter pain relief medication. In many cases, we like to fit a new crown after root canal treatment, as this helps to protect and strengthen the tooth further. This usually involves placing a temporary crown and then fitting a permanent restoration two weeks later.

Getting to the Root of the Problem with Endodontics

Friday, February 27th, 2015

585986_blogEndodontics is the specialist field of dentistry that deals with the tooth roots and the dental pulp. The pulp tissue is the living tissue of the tooth and tooth roots play an important role in oral health. It is important to take good care of your teeth and gums and to attend regular check-ups to reduce the risk of dental infections, injuries and abscesses.

About Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is an endodontic procedure usually recommended once the pulp tissue of the tooth has become infected. When the pulp is damaged or decayed, the blood supply to the tooth is reduced and the tooth begins to die. At this stage, there is risk of abscesses developing and infection spreading through the tooth.

Root canal treatment takes place under local anaesthetic and the aim of treatment is to reduce the risk of infection spreading and protect the tooth. Your City Dental dentist will numb your tooth to make sure that you don’t feel any discomfort at all, and then start the procedure by drilling into the tooth to reach the root canals. The decayed pulp tissue is removed from the root canals and your dentist will clean the tooth thoroughly to remove traces of bacteria and ensure that there is absolutely no decayed tissue remaining. The canals are then sealed using gutta percha, a dental filling material. We usually recommend fitting a new crown after treatment to make the tooth stronger.

Is root canal treatment painful?

Many people have a terrible impression of root canal treatment, but the truth is that there’s nothing to worry about as your tooth will be numbed before treatment starts. It is perfectly natural to be nervous and our experienced dentists will do everything they can to make your feel comfortable and reassure and calm you throughout the procedure.

Is there an alternative?

Often, root canal treatment is recommended when there is no other option but to extract the affected tooth.

How to Fight an Abscess in the City of Leeds

Friday, June 8th, 2012

There are many things that can go wrong in your mouth and more often or not, they do. Some are trivial little niggles and can be remedied easily, but others can be very serious indeed and need immediate treatment and one condition you should be very wary of in the city of Leeds is a tooth abscess. An abscess is a direct product of poor oral hygiene that has allowed to develop into tooth decay of some sort. When the inside of the tooth becomes infected, it can soon turn into an abscess- very painful and your face will swell up; it is also very dangerous as during this process, toxins will be released into the blood and in some rare cases, has been known to induce comas. You first need a course of antibiotics in order to reduce the infection and reduce the swelling, for only then, the dentist can get to work on the infected tooth, probably by performing a root canal to save the tooth. But this will probably only delay the inevitable; abscesses are known to re-offend and the only way to stop this from happening is to remove the tooth altogether

Fighting a Tooth Abscess in the City of Leeds

Friday, May 11th, 2012

If you have ever suffered from a tooth abscess in the city of Leeds, you will know just how painful they can be, but did you also realise how dangerous they can be as well? The direct cause of an abscess is tooth decay or damage; where the tooth has become infected inside, it can spread into the roots and then to the jaw bone. During this time, there are certain symptoms that can indicate the onset of a abscess- you will start to suffer from toothache and possibly bad breath, you may even start to feel ill and get a fever, but it is well your cheeks or neck glands swell you know you have problems. Once you have got an abscess, it may disappear if the pulp inside the tooth dies, but it isn’t the end of it and it will return. First, you will need antibiotics in order to clear the abscess before the tooth can be treated with a root canal in order to save the tooth but this can often be just staving off the inevitable for if the abscess re-offends, it could means you have to lose the tooth altogether. You can simmer the pain with warm salty water after brushing or by taking painkillers but an abscess does come with a health warning- because it is surrounded by tissue, the pus can leak poison into the bloodstream and in some cases, this has induced comas and then your very life can be at stake.