A dental pulp infection can be extremely uncomfortable and even lead to tooth loss.
A dental pulp infection may also occur if a tooth becomes decayed, fractured or broken. In these cases, our in-house expert endodontist, Dr Noushad Rehim, may perform a root canal treatment as a precaution, to prevent an infection from occurring.
The pulp is the soft tissue inside a tooth. The pulp chamber is located at the centre, with two hard outer layers for protection. Dental pulp contains the tooth’s nerve endings and blood vessels, extending all the way to the root.
Toothache and sensitivity to hot or cold food and drink are the most common symptoms of a dental pulp infection. Facial swelling may also occur, and the infection may also spread to the gums, causing an abscess.
As the infection progresses, the tooth may begin to darken in colour, taking on a grey or black appearance.
In rare cases, a dental pulp infection may not present with any noticeable symptoms, and your dentist may identify it on a dental x-ray before you are even aware of it.
If a tooth becomes infected, our expert endodontist, Dr Noushad can save the tooth by removing the pulp and inserting a special filling material in its place, sealing the tooth to prevent further infection. This procedure is known as a root canal treatment and may require 2 visits to complete.
Dr Noushad will administer a local anaesthetic to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. He will then carefully, with the use of a microscope, remove the infected pulp and clean the pulp chamber, eliminating all signs of infection. Once the root canal is clear, Dr Noushad Rehim may seal the chamber with a bactericidal medication and temporary filling and book a follow-up appointment, allowing time to ensure the infection is fully clear before completing the procedure.
On the second appointment, he will than re-open the pulp chamber and meticulously shape and fill all the root canals of the tooth.
A tooth which has been root filled will normally require a crown to preserve its integrity. Our dentists at Acorn Dental Care can do this in a single visit using 3D cad cam Cerec Technology
The discomfort you were experiencing will subside immediately. If you experience any tenderness you can manage it with over-the-counter pain medication like paracetamol or ibuprofen. Your dentist may prescribe you with pain medicine or antibiotics.
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