Saving your natural teeth
Totalcare dentistry strives to help our patients retain their natural teeth before we consider your other options. We have adopted this approach because we believe that your natural teeth are always your best teeth. Our team will take every measure available to retain your natural teeth and restore cracked, discoloured or decaying teeth. Within this approach we can also transform the appearance of your smile while also retaining its natural foundations to ensure our patients benefit from the best of both.
Requiring root canal therapy
During your check-up, our dental team will comprehensively examine your teeth for cracks, fractures and decay. If you visit our dental team for a general check-up every six months, we can help to avoid the development of serious tooth decay. Despite this, occasionally tooth decay occurs that cannot be corrected with a filling alone. In this case, you may require root canal therapy.
Inside your tooth
At the centre of your tooth is a pulp which contains tissue fibres, blood vessels, dental cells and nerve fibres. This pulp is responsible for supplying your tooth with nutrients, oxygen and sensation to your tooth.
When your tooth becomes cracked or damaged, the pulp can become infected. This can cause a significant amount of discomfort and pain in the tooth. In order to restore health to the tooth, this damaged pulp must be removed. This infection can occur due to severe untreated decay, tooth decay that has accumulated beneath a filling, trauma or grinding and gum disease.
Symptoms that can indicate you require root canal therapy
There are a number of symptoms that can indicate that you may require root canal therapy. These symptoms include:
- Sensitivity to cold or hot liquids and foods
- Discomfort during chewing or when biting down
- Spontaneous or reoccurring pain the tooth
- A tooth that becomes loose
- Inflammation of the surrounding gum areas or the presence of pus
- Swelling around the tooth or in the face
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please do not hesitate to contact our team so we can make a dental assessment of your tooth. In addition to these symptoms, if you have discomfort in a tooth that has previously received root canal therapy then it is crucial to make an appointment as you may require re-treatment.