About this treatment

When bacteria find there way into the centre of the tooth (because of decay, leaking filling, tooth fracture or trauma etc.) an inflammatory reaction occurs which can result in toothache and ultimately an abscess. Sometimes no pain is experienced and the nerve dies quietly resulting in a slowly progressing infection. At any stage root canal treatment can be carried out to prevent spread of infection and in order to save the tooth

Key points

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    Five signs of infection:

    Five signs of infection include; serious toothache when eating or when you put pressure on the tooth, excessive sensitive teeth, darkening of your tooth, a small bump on the gum close to a painful tooth and tender or swolen gums around the tooth.

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    Root canal treatment can be avoided by practicing good dental care. Regular visits to your Manchester practice for check ups mean that your dentist is in a good position to pick up on any problems you may not have noticed. They will check any current fillings or crowns for damage or cracks. By treating issues in the early stages you avoid infections and further complications that would ultimately lead to endodontic treatment.

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    Most endodontically treated teeth last as long as other natural teeth. In a few cases, a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment does not heal or the pain continues. Occasionally, the tooth may become painful or diseased months or even years after successful treatment. Often when this occurs, redoing the endodontic procedure can save the tooth.