When the pulp (nerve & blood supply) of a tooth has been badly damaged due to decay, disease or injury, root canal therapy may be carried out to save the tooth.
Root canal therapy involves the removal of the pulp and repair of the tooth so that it is free of pain whilst remaining functional in the mouth.
Common symptoms associated with pulpal damage included;
- Hot and/or cold sensitivity
- Pain or tenderness on biting
- Pus or an abscess near the tooth (often associated with bad taste)
- Facial swelling or swelling of the gum around the tooth
- Darkening of the tooth
Several appointments are required to complete root canal treatment to ensure the tooth has the best chances of survival.
If root canal is not completed, there is a risk of further discomfort or abscess formation, ultimately risking the life of the tooth.
After root canal treatment a tooth may become brittle and more susceptible to fracture. To ensure the best prognosis and longevity of the tooth a crown is often recommended.
Multiple tests are carried out by our experienced dental professionals to ensure that a correct diagnosis is made and appropriate treatment is carried out.
At Lucas Dental we use advanced modern equipment to ensure the procedure is as fast and comfortable for our patients whilst maintaining high quality care. Our caring staff will make sure you are comfortable and relaxed during each procedure and will discuss all your individual treatment needs with you prior to starting any treatment.