Suffering from continuous toothache, an infected tooth or abscess? Let us relieve your pain with root canal therapy.
At Tongwynlais Dental, we only use tooth extraction as a very last resort. Root canal therapy (endodontics) is an effective treatment that can be used to save a decayed or seriously damaged tooth. If your tooth is compromised then bacteria can get into the pulp, causing an infection. We can use root canal treatment to save your tooth, preventing further damage to the teeth and jawbone, resolving any associated pain and discomfort and restoring the normal function of your mouth.
Signs you may need a root canal
Pain when biting or chewing, when eating or drinking hot or cold food or liquids or if your tooth has become loose, could be signs that you have an infection and you need root canal treatment. Pain is a sign that the pulp in the centre of your tooth has become infected. If left untreated, infection can cause your gums and face to swell and you could develop a painful abscess, leading to the damaged tooth having to be extracted.
How your treatment works
If your dentist thinks you may be suffering from an infected tooth or abscess then they may suggest a root canal. They will begin by performing an x-ray to check your teeth and see if there
is any bacteria in the pulp in the tooth. If this is confirmed you will then be given a local anaesthetic to numb the affected area, before your dentist removes the infected tissue and gives it a thorough clean, removing all traces of bacteria. Your dentist will then clean and enlarge the root canals before filling them. This can take a few visits and you might be fitted with a temporary crown until the process is complete. You may be offered antibiotics to get rid of any further infection. Your dentist will then fit a permanent crown and you will regain full use of your mouth.