Updated: Sep 25, 2018
You should see a dentist immediately if you have, or suspect you have, an infected tooth. At Moonlight Dental Surgery in Slough we welcome new patients for both private and NHS dentistry, and offer emergency dental appointments if you are in considerable pain or have a dental abscess (painful swelling).
Infected teeth are neither glamorous nor particularly pleasant to think about. However, they require prompt intervention from a dentist. If you fail to take action you run the serious risk of losing your tooth.
At Moonlight Dental Surgery in Slough we have a firm focus on preventative dentistry, which means aiming to stop problems from arising in the first place, and treating them quickly if they do. Regular check-ups with the dentist and appointments with the hygienist will help to keep your teeth in good condition and minimise the chances of an infection happening. But it can still occur.
Causes of tooth infection include:
Broken or chipped tooth
Damaged or lost restoration – a filling or crown
All of the above can let bacteria entre the centre of a tooth, which then leads to infection. If you lose a crown or filling, suffer damage (even a minor crack) to a tooth, or suspect you may be suffering from tooth decay, you should book an appointment with a dentist at our Slough clinic immediately.
Root canal treatment is one of those procedures that seems to have a bad reputation; even the bravest patients may feel a little nervous if their dentist prescribes it. Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, however, root canal treatment is pain-free, and is essential to saving an infected tooth.
Most patients at our Slough clinic report that it feels no different to having a normal filling, although your appointment may be longer, because it is a skilled and delicate procedure.
Treatment involves your dentist removing all traces of infection from your tooth before filling it. Root canal treatment usually requires at least two appointments at our Slough clinic, so that your dentist can be sure the infection is gone before permanently filling the tooth.