Root Canal Therapy
Our Glasgow dentists will always endeavour to save your teeth rather than remove them, because natural teeth are best. The loss of even one tooth can have a detrimental effect on your mouth and can lead to your other teeth drifting into the gap, which can cause problems with your bite.
One of the ways we can prevent the loss of a tooth is with root canal treatment. Treatment involves the removal of the pulp tissue from the centre of your tooth as a result of infection or inflammation. A root canal treated tooth can function normally and can be maintained with routine dental care and oral hygiene measures.
Root canal treatment is performed under local anaesthetic whilst conscious sedation may be provided on request to give greater relaxation during treatment. It is important to us that our patients feel relaxed, comfortable and safe while undergoing treatment.
• returns your teeth to a healthier condition where inflammation and or infection is less likely to return
• restores existing teeth so that they do not have to be removed through extraction
• saves a tooth that may be used as a support for bridges or dentures
Signs of pulp damage may include:
• prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
• discoloration of the tooth
• swelling or tenderness of the overlying gums
• a bad taste in the mouth
On the other hand, there may be no symptoms at all. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can eventually cause pain, swelling and loss of the supporting bone.
Root canal treatment procedures are relatively comfortable and often painless as the tooth is anaesthetised during treatment. After treatment, the tooth may be sensitive or tender for a few days due to inflammation of the surrounding tissues. Taking over-the-counter painkillers can relieve this discomfort. However, if the pain persists and is severe, or a swelling occurs, you should contact us immediately.
Should you require more information about tooth infections or root canal treatment, contact us on 0141 637 5081 or book online.