The magic of endodontic treatments for decaying teeth
It is all too easy for us not to take tooth decay seriously. We all-too-often leave worrying about our teeth until we have a bad tooth ache. Maybe we are simply too busy with the trials and tribulations of life to visit the dentist and in the back of our minds thinking, ‘what’s the worst that could happen, the odd filling or two’? However, if left unchecked there are many unpleasant effects of tooth decay. Indeed, disease of, or injury to, the dental pulp of the root canal, can lead to sensitivity, toothache or a dental abscess. Aesthetically, the effect of this can be quite unpleasant too, as the tooth can become discoloured, becoming grey or sometimes almost black in worst cases. This then leads to diffidence and awkwardness in many social situations.
In such cases people often experience a lack of confidence, lowered self-esteem and even a resistance to smiling. If this has happened to you, then you may wish to consider the range of treatments that are available. Endodontic dental treatments focus on the diseased or injured areas of the root canal – or the area inside the tooth that contains the nerves and blood vessels. Fillings alone will not solve the problem and are often responsible for exacerbating or even causing more extreme forms of tooth decay if they are too deep or defective. Leaking restorations, cracks in teeth or fillings from failed dental work can lead to the tooth becoming infected by bacteria and the tooth nerve dying, in turn leading to the root canal turning septic. At this stage, the build-up of pus can develop into an abscess, which, if left untreated can lead to damage in the bone that supports the tooth. This latter stage is something that often goes unnoticed until it is too late and the tooth is lost. So it’s really time to act now if you have a decaying tooth or teeth.
The magic of endodontic treatment is that it can actually save teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted. Obviously the treatment is applied on a case-by-case basis, so you would need a one-to-one consultation initially to determine the best way forward. However, perhaps the best thing is that there is hope if you have decayed teeth – which should not put you off seeing a dentist.
How do endodontic treatments work?
As we always say, treatment will vary depending on your situation and in all cases we do like to assess your overall oral health in relation to your tooth or teeth problems. Treatments may include root canal work, removal of dead tissues and a thorough cleaning of the inside of tooth, so your overall dental health is addressed for you. Therefore, we will not only treat the problem but also offer you a secure and aesthetically satisfying end result.
If you have decaying teeth and are worried about the affects it is having on your lifestyle and overall health, do not hesitate in contacting us. We will arrange for you to meet with one of our specialists at Advanced Dentistry and go through the potential treatments available and hopefully will help you on your way to restoring your smile and self-confidence.
To read some of our case studies about treatments for decayed teeth, please visit our case studies section.