If the surface of your tooth becomes compromised, perhaps through severe decay or traumatic injury, bacteria can penetrate to the soft tissues at the centre of the tooth, known as the dental pulp.
An infection of the dental pulp can be very uncomfortable and threatens not only the affected tooth but also the surrounding teeth, gums, and underlying bone tissue.
A dental pulp infection can be eliminated with a root canal treatment, which may take place over one or more appointments.
Under a local anaesthetic, your dentist will begin by removing the infected tissue from the root canal. After cleaning and disinfecting the tooth, they will seal the canal with an antibacterial filling material.
Once the canal is sealed, your dentist will rebuild your tooth with a filling, onlay, or crown, depending on the severity of the damage. In some cases, they may need to insert a small post into the root canal before it is sealed to support the restoration.
After your root canal treatment is complete, not only will your infection be gone, but your tooth’s aesthetic look and chewing functionality are restored. Any discomfort caused by your infection will dissipate quickly.
In rare cases, a root canal treatment might fail because infected tissue is left behind in tiny sub-branches of the root canal. If that happens, your dentist will perform a second root canal treatment to try and remove all traces of the infection.
If you require a more complex procedure such as an apicectomy, where the tip of the tooth root is removed, you may be referred to an endodontist.
Left untreated, a dental pulp infection can cause the tooth’s nerve to die, leaving an extraction as the only viable option to prevent the infection from spreading. It is critical you seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent long-lasting damage.
Dental Practices across the UK were allowed to open their doors to patients on the 8th June and we are pleased to announce The Rightwell East Dental Practice is open to offer a limited range of dental treatments.
The treatments available depend on the official advice of the Government and Chief Dental Officer for England.
Prioritising patients in need
The Rightwell East Dental practice is open to see patients, however, due to strict social distancing protocols and limitations of PPE, we are only able to see emergency patients who have been phone triaged by our team. People in the greatest need of seeing a dentist will be seen first and we will prioritise all emergency appointments before any routine appointments are made.
Please do not visit the practice without a pre-arranged appointment, as you will not be seen. In the interest of safety to our staff and other patients, only patients that have been triaged on the telephone will be offered an appointment to attend the practice.
If you have a routine appointment scheduled at the practice in the future please call us on 01733 333990 prior to attending as this may have to be rescheduled in line with government guidance.
Speak to us if you need support
Please continue to call us for advice about any dental issues. Our teams are always available to offer you support by phone and will advise when you may be able to be seen if you are in pain.
Protective measures in practice
Our first priority is always the wellbeing of our patients and colleagues. We have made some changes in our practices to ensure your safety. Our reception team will explain these to you when the appointment is made.