We are able to offer root canals at our Stourbridge based clinic. We are big advocates for protecting our patients teeth so they can enjoy their natural ones for as long as possible. When tooth decay sets in, it eventually leads to bacteria entering the pulp (center of the tooth). This can cause a lot of tooth sensitivity and also dental pain, such as tooth ache and even dental abscesses.
What Is The Root Canal Procedure?
Root canals are not guaranteed to be 100% successful. Depending on the tooth, they can often be quite tricky treatments that does require an experienced dentist to carry out. We will effectively enter the afflicted tooth and remove the nerve and the pulp, and clean out all of the bacteria. To prevent further infection we will do a root filling which will plug up the tooth to stop any further bacteria from entering the tooth.
How To Prevent a Root Canal
Root canals can't always be avoided, but you can reduce the likelihood of needing them. The main cause comes down to a build up of bacteria on your teeth that overtime will attack your teeth and lead to cavities. We recommend always practicing a healthy oral hygiene routine at home to protect your teeth for longer. Brushing twice a day and flossing can really help you to keep your teeth longer. If you eat a lot of sugary foods and drinks, then you may want to brush your teeth even more during the day as sugar feeds bacteria and causes more acidic movement on your teeth.
Pain is often one of the later symptoms noticed by yourself when bacteria has entered your tooth. The longer this is left untreated, the more damage it can do in the long term. We always advise to visit your dentist every 6 months so we can carry out a dental assessment. During these appointments we always check the health of your teeth and can spot any potential problems. Cavities don't always cause pain straight away, so if you are not a regular at the dental office, problem will not be picked up as quickly.
What If The Root Canal Fails?
In the worst case scenario and your root canal fails, the next plan of action would be to extract the tooth. Unfortunately not all teeth can be saved, but its always our protocol to try in the first instance. We will discuss with you your tooth replacement options before extracting any teeth.
If you are worried about your teeth, please do not hesitate to call us and book your dental assessment today.