Root Canal Treatment
Sometimes fillings, decay, fracture or wear may lead into the nerve of the tooth. If this happens the nerve can either become inflamed (causing toothache) or die (this may or may not cause pain). If the nerve is left dead then eventually this will lead to an abscess/swelling and pain. When a nerve becomes involved the tooth can either have root canal treatment (endodontics) or be extracted. If you are keen to save the tooth then root canal treatment may be an option.
Teeth that have received root canal treatment are weaker than normal teeth; back teeth may therefore need to be protected using an onlay/crown. Your dentist will discuss the best way to help protect and maintain your teeth.
How to help prevent root canal treatment?
- Brush twice a day using a fluoride (1450ppmf) containing toothpaste
- Spit out toothpaste but do not rinse after brushing
- Clean in between teeth using floss or tepe brushes
- Visit our dentists regularly for examinations
- Visit our hygienist regularly for hygiene services
- Maintain a healthy diet, low in sugars and acids which can be damaging to teeth
- If you play a contact sport, ask your dentist about mouthguards
- Have cavities fixed early so that infection cannot reach the nerve of the tooth
Becoming a Patient
At Honley Dental we are keen to see our patient’s regularly to encourage prevention and to detect any problems early. Regular dental examinations are essential for ensuring dental and oral health.
For this reason we are delighted to offer the Honley Dental Care Plans, our own membership scheme. This plan enables us to provide you with the treatment and support necessary to prevent and manage disease, keeping your mouth healthy and keeping you smiling.