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Why Root Canal Therapy is Great for Saving Teeth

Root canal therapy is one of those treatments that have an undeservedly bad reputation when in fact it can be great for saving badly infected teeth. With root canal therapy, a tooth could last for many years afterwards or even for life. So when might you need a root canal treatment?

root-canal-therapyWhy We Use Root Canal Therapy

Our dentist in Basildon might suggest you have a root canal treatment if you visit us with a tooth that is painful and badly infected. A tooth can become infected when bacteria in the mouth can get right into the central part of the tooth which is called the pulp. The reason this is painful is because the pulp contains all the nerves of your tooth. Infection may occur if you have a tooth that is cracked, chipped or extensively decayed, or if you have a filling or another restoration that has been leaking and letting in bacteria.

Diagnosing an Infected Tooth

You will need a dental examination to fully diagnose the problem during which our dentist will carefully assess the tooth. They will probably want to take an x-ray to see the extent of the infection and this will also show the shape and number of the root canals. These extend into your tooth roots and the number of root canals can vary according to the size of the tooth.

Signs of an infection can include a tooth that feels painful to bite down on all which is painful all the time. You might notice that the gum around the tooth looks red and inflamed or they may even be a small pimple on the gum tissue.

Treating an Infected Tooth with Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is carried out using local anaesthetic to keep you completely comfortable so there is no need to worry that it will be at all painful. If your infected tooth is causing you pain then root canal therapy should come as something of a relief and afterwards your tooth will feel much more comfortable. The aim of root canal therapy is to remove the infected pulp tissue which is done by accessing the pulp through the crown of your tooth. After clearing out the pulp tissue, our Basildon dentist will need to clean out the root canals which extend from the pulp into the tooth roots. This is done using specially shaped files to clean right into the root canals.

Afterwards the area is disinfected and if the infection was quite bad then our dentist in Basildon may choose to place antibiotics into the empty pulp cavity which will then be temporarily filled. This is to ensure all the infection is eliminated before the tooth is permanently restored. Most teeth that have been root treated will need to be restored with a crown that will cover up the tooth, protecting it against further damage.

If you have toothache, then contact us to book an appointment with an emergency dentist in Basildon. We always make every effort to see dental emergencies as soon as possible here at Felmores Dental Care as treatment is always more successful the earlier we can carry it out and of course we can help get rid of your toothache. Call us today on 01268 726789 or book online at

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