Another name for endodontics is root canal treatment. Sometimes the nerve and blood vessels inside a tooth may die and become infected. This can happen if a tooth has had decay, advanced gum disease, has cracked, or been knocked. Often an infected tooth can be saved by carefully removing the infection from inside a tooth. This is endodontics/root canal treatment.
A previously root-filled tooth can also sustain an infection, which can often be addressed by re-cleaning and re-filling the root canal of the tooth. This is root canal re-treatment.
In case implants are going to be placed, any root canal infections should be treated beforehand, because an infected adjacent tooth may jeopardise an adjacent implant.
Saving teeth is important!
Our philosophy is to save teeth wherever possible. Although we are a predominantly implant practice, this does not deter us from viewing each tooth carefully and, in discussion with you, trying to save it if possible. As the root canal treatment inevitably weakens the tooth to an extent, most teeth (mainly the back teeth) will require coverage with a partial or full crown after endodontic treatment.
In the vast majority of the cases root canal treatment will prolong the life of a tooth by many years.
What are the symptoms of an infected tooth with a dental abscess?
Some of the common symptoms include:
- Pain to bite on the tooth.
- A lingering pain, particularly after eating or drinking something hot.
- A spontaneous throbbing pain which is worse at night.
- A spot on the gum above the abscessed tooth, where the infection is discharging
- A tenderness in pressing the gum above a tooth
- However, many dental abscesses are pain free until they are very big. Your dentist can often spot an abscess before it becomes painful if an X-ray of the tooth is taken.
Teeth with large, deep fillings or crowns are much more likely to develop dental abscesses than un-filled teeth.
All fees are estimates and all patients will be given a full, personalised written estimate before commencing treatment. Please contact us to discuss finance schemes, as we provide the option for you to pay for your treatment in installments. We also offer a 5% discount for treatment costs above £1,500 if they are paid all in advance.
(Suture removal +£40)