Root canals are a routine procedure aimed to help patients suffering from the painful condition of an abscessed tooth. A root canal is surgery that targets the infection at the root of the tooth, a deep-seated infection that has either been caused by severe tooth decay or some form of tooth trauma.
The root canal system is made up of the dental pulp and spans the length of the crown of the tooth to the very bottom of the root. The dental pulp is soft tissue that contains small blood vessels and bundles of nerves. When bacteria enter the pulp they instantly begin to multiply and the chemicals they produce are released from the end of the root through a small hole that is used by the blood vessels and nerves to enter the tooth. This process cannot be stopped as the passage is free from obstacles, allowing the bacteria to move freely, resulting in badly inflamed gingival tissue around the decaying or traumatised tooth.
Root canal surgery involves draining the infection from inside the root, then filling and sealing the root canal system with either a filling or a crown. In many cases, your dentist in Weston-super-mare will also prescribe you with a supply of antibiotics, just to make sure the infection has been exterminated.
Local anaesthetic is usually used in all root canal surgery so you should not experience any pain. Root canals are in fact very similar to the placement of normal dental fillings, the experience should not be any more traumatic than that. Normally, a decaying or damaged tooth can live for another ten years after root canal treatment. All of the facts about this treatment can be found through Clifton Dental of Bristol , so ask your dentist.