Each of our teeth is composed of the visible part above the gum, the nerves and other ‘pulp’ which is in the middle of the tooth, and the root underneath the gum. The nerves in each tooth come from the gum into the tooth through the root via root canals. Front teeth have a single root canal while molars (at the back of the mouth) can have three or four.
Even if we take good care of our teeth, tooth decay and plaque can occasionally become more severe than we expect. If this continues and becomes more serious, it can even lead to tooth infection. When the pulp inside the tooth – which contains the nerve, blood vessels and other material – becomes infected, an abscess can form, which is a build-up of pus which causes the tooth to rise out of the gum slightly. This can be incredibly painful, making it difficult to eat and even leading to nausea. In addition, the infection could then spread to the rest of the gum via the nerve. Signs to watch for are persistent toothache, swollen or tender gums, a lingering bad taste in the mouth, or teeth that have darkened.
Root canal treatment usually takes two visits. On the first, the space where the pulp is inside the tooth is usually cleaned, by the abscess being drained, the pulp being removed and the hollow space then being thoroughly cleaned. You will be given a temporary filling, which is removed on the second visit to be replaced by a permanent filling to help your tooth maintain its health and functionality. You may also need a crown to strengthen the tooth further. Root canal surgery sounds daunting, but this need not be the case at Sparkle Dental Boutique near Chiswick.
Sparkle Dental Boutique 311 Boston Road Hanwell, Ealing London, W7 2AT
Monday to Friday:
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