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Why do I need Root Canal Treatment

You will need root canal treatment if the soft tissue at the centre of your tooth (known as pulp) has become damaged.

Your tooth is made up of: the outer enamel, a hard layer called dentine and (right at the centre) a soft tissue known as pulp. This pulp is made up of nerves, blood vessels and tissue. When your tooth is growing, pulp is what helps to nourish the root.

If you have been told you need root canal treatment this will be because the pulp within your tooth has become infected or inflamed.

If this pulp infection is left untreated the tooth can become painful and you might be at risk of losing your tooth.

Root canal treatment will have been recommended if either you have symptoms of bad pain or swelling or if your dentist has found any damage or infection after either examining or taking an x-ray of your teeth.

Despite myths about root canal treatment being painful with modern local anesthetics and a skilled specialist endodontist the treatment itself is no more uncomfortable than a filling. For nervous patients our sedation partners Sedation Solutions can help by sedating you for the whole process.

If you have more questions about why you need root canal treatment contact us here. Our specialist endodontist Dr Daiva works in Smilepod Moorgate on Tuesdays and Wedesdays and will always try and see urgent cases or help you if you are experiencing pain.




Symptoms of Root Canal

Endodontic signs and symptoms

Clients who need a root canal treatment present with a variety of symptoms and there is no definite list. Some clients experience severe dental pain and discomfort and others will have minor or no symptoms.

If you are experiencing any kind of dental pain it is important to come and see your Smielpod dentist so we can make a diagnosis. If you think you might have a root infection the first step is to see one of our dentists for an examination. The dentist will take X-Rays of your teeth and if they believe it could be a root canal problem they will refer you to see our specialist endodontist Dr Daiva. We usually have appointments available within seven days and if you are in severe pain we will always make your case a priority.

Some signs to be aware of however are:

  • Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold ( particularly hot)
  • Spontaneous pain
  • Sleep disturbance because of the pain
  • Swelling of the gum adjacent to the tooth
  • Pain or tenderness when you bite on a tooth
  • Discolouration of the tooth

Please note these symptoms might not always indicate Root Canal Infection and could be symptomatic of other dental problems. This is why it is essential to see your dentist soon to identify the cause of the pain.

Brief sensitivity to heat or cold

If discomfort is brief and only lasts a few moments it could mean there is an inflammation in the pulp of your tooth. Sensitivity can indicate a number of different problems such as decay, loose fillings or gum recession. If you are experiencing sensitivity, try using a toothpaste such as Sensodyne for a few weeks. If symptoms persist make an appointment to see your dentist.

Sensitivity to temperature after dental work

Dental work can inflame the pulp causing temporary sensitivity. If you are experiencing sensitivity following dental treatment make sure you mention this in your review. After any dental work it is advised to see you dentist again for a ten minute review a few weeks later.

Pain when biting and chewing

This type of pain could be caused by a number of things such as decay, a loose filling or sometimes a crack in the tooth. However, it could also indicate damage to the pulp tissue inside the tooth. If you are experiencing this type of pain come and see a Smilepod dentist for a check-up. If the problem is pulp tissue damage, your dentist will discuss treatment options.

Persistent pain after eating hot or cold foods

This pain could indicate that the pulp in your tooth has been damaged either by deep decay or physical trauma. However, it could also indicate other problems, Clients experiencing this pain should come see a dentists as soon as possible so they can identify the cause of the pain. If necessary you will be recommended root canal treatment in order to save your tooth.

Severe toothache and pain, gum inflammation and pain when touched

This type of toothache could be caused by a bacterial infection which formed into an abscess. If you are experiencing severe pain come and see us and we will do whatever possible to relieve your discomfort.

Dull ache and pressure in upper teeth and jaw

A possible origin of this problem is a sinus headache. These are often felt in the face and teeth. Teeth grinding (or bruxism) is also known to cause this type of ache.

For relief from a sinus headache we recommend you see your GP. For bruxism, you should consult your dentist. If the pain is severe and chronic your dentist might refer you to an endodontist for evaluation.

Many London dentists typically make you go through the time and cost of an initial dental appointment before referring you to a Hygienist. At Smilepod we don’t do that because all our treatments are carried out by fully qualified, friendly dentists in an attractive salon environment at a time and location which work for you.



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