Root Canal Treatments

Root canal treatments involve the removal of the infected or inflamed nerve tissue and blood vessels from the tooth. Once this nerve tissue is damaged, there are only two treatment options. The first is a root canal treatment which allows one to retain the tooth. Success rates are in the region of 95%. The second option is the extraction of the tooth. It is advisable, where possible, to save natural teeth. Typical symptoms a patient requiring a root canal treatment may experience are:

  • acute pain,
  • extreme sensitivity to cold,
  • throbbing pain with heat, tenderness to pressure on the tooth,
  • spontaneous pain,
  • At later stages discolouration of the tooth, abscess formation, swelling of the adjacent gum or facial swelling.  

Periodontal or Gum Problems

When dentists talk about gum problems, we are not referring to chewing gum. Dental gum problems are far worse!! It is standard procedure to constantly monitor the health of the gums at dental checkups. Early detection of a developing gum problem and early treatment will prevent a deteriorating situation that can become costly and invasive to stabilise. The gums are important from a cosmetic angle as they frame the teeth as well as from a functional point as they are responsible for protecting the underlying bone which supports the teeth. There is a trend at present towards more people losing teeth due to periodontitis or gum disease than decay. The health of the gums has also been linked to overall health. Periodontitis has been associated with an increased risk of developing certain heart conditions and diabetes. Get your gums checked regularly!

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