Worried a root canal will kill your tooth? Our dentist at Adams Dental debunks root canal myths

There are few dental patients who would be happy at the news that they need a root canal.

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Associated with treating infection deep within the tooth, root canals are often performed post-infection or injury and are, in some ways, very similar to filling an entire tooth to prevent bacteria from causing any further damage.

Nevertheless, despite its uses in dental care, it is one of the most unliked of all dental procedures and at Adam’s Dental, we think we know why!

At Adam’s Dental, our dentist in Southgate has helped hundreds of patients to restore their smile and their tooth or teeth using a root canal, and so, we know this treatment inside out. But with our expertise comes knowledge of the myths that surround this procedure and as mentioned earlier, we think these little white lies can explain why so few people are eager about this treatment.

So, in this article, our dentist in Southgate debunks the most common myths about root canals, so you can learn the truth about endodontics. Enjoy!

It kills the tooth

No, it doesn’t!

When our dentist in Southgate performs a root canal, they will need to drill into the roots of the tooth to remove the infected debris. However, this will not kill the tooth and, if anything, a root canal promotes the longevity of the affected tooth by restoring its functionality. Great stuff!

It is painful

Once again, this is false.

As the first course of action, our dental team will always ensure that your mouth is numbed before beginning a root canal. And secondly, once the treatment is done and you have gone home, you are likely to notice a decrease in any discomfort you had when you were experiencing the abscess.

It can make you ill

This is an odd myth and we can only presume that it is due to the link of how ill people feel when they are having a root canal performed.

The treatment seeks to remove the infection from the tooth and so, it certainly does not make you ill. You may still feel under the weather for a few days post-treatment as you recover from your infection but this is normal. If you have any concerns about feeling unwell following any dental treatment, talk to our team.

It can cause issues if you are pregnant

No, it can’t.

If you are at any stage of pregnancy, it is safe to have a root canal performed. If our team needs to take X-Rays to perform a root canal, don’t worry. Modern X-Rays use a very small dose of radiation and a single X-Ray will not cause any issues.

It just delays a tooth extraction

Many people worry that if they have a root canal, it is simply delaying the need for a dental extraction.

But correctly performed, a root canal will last the rest of your life, allowing the tooth to function as it did prior to the infection. Now that’s handy!

A trip to the emergency dentist with your child; what you can expect as a parent

Being a parent is tough. And it can get a whole lot tougher when your child comes back from a sports match or other event and has a chipped or cracked tooth.

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And while it can be very tempting to overlook such an occurrence, as soon as you notice the damage to your child’s tooth/teeth or they tell you about it, you need to contact an emergency dental team.

Because emergency dental cases aren’t reserved exclusively for adults. Everything from cavities, to abscesses, to the examples above warrant emergency dental trips. Also, if your child has sudden swelling to the face or jaw, you will need to contact our team for help.

At Adam’s Dental, we take great pride in our emergency dentist in Southgate and should your child need help with their cracked or sore teeth, we will be there to ensure that they feel better as soon as possible. Because that is what emergency dental care is all about!

What can you as the parent expect when you accompany your child to see our emergency dentist in Southgate? Read on to find out!

Assessment

As the first step, our emergency dentist in Southgate will assess the damage or injury to your child’s mouth.

If your child is in a great deal of discomfort or is highly anxious, we will spend some time talking to them to reassure them while administering pain relief. We may need to take X-Rays and, if your child has chipped or broken a tooth and you have retained fragments of it, we will look to assess if we can successfully reattach them.

Relief

As before, we will often administer pain relief to ensure that your child is comfortable. We will also spend some time talking to them about what we are going to do, to calm their nerves.

Treatment

The treatment received will depend on the emergency we are faced with.

In cases such as broken or chipped teeth, we will aim to restore the damaged area using composite or fillings. If your child has a toothache caused by a cavity, we will fill it.

In the most extreme cases of a dental emergency, such as abscesses, we will usually prescribe antibiotics to control the infection and suggest a follow-up appointment with their regular dentist in a few days.

Aftercare

The aftercare we recommend will vary depending on the issue.

In the case of chipped teeth, no additional care is needed. If your child had a filling, we will advise that they cut back on sugary produce in their diet. If they have an abscess, they will need to take their antibiotics and follow up with their regular dental team in a few days; when an abscess has occurred, a root canal or extraction may be needed to prevent a recurrence.

Prevention

We will also offer prevention advice.

If the emergency was caused by playing sports, we may recommend that your child has a sports guard made to prevent another injury from occurring.

Not sure of the benefits of a root canal? Our dentist at Adams Dental explains the main 5

When you are recovering from a dental infection, chances are you are willing to undertake almost anything to prevent another one from recurring.

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And while dental technologies and treatments have advanced beyond having an infected tooth extracted, we would be lying if we said that many of our patients showed enthusiasm about the alternative.

With over 100 years of use in dental clinics, endodontics or root canals have saved thousands of smiles from awkward gaps and have preserved the overall health of the mouth. Yet, media and patient perception of this simple procedure make it less popular than ever.

At Adams Dental, our dentist in Southgate can help you if you need a root canal to recover from an oral infection, or if you need one as part of another restorative procedure. We will take the time to ensure that it is fitted correctly, ensuring that your oral health is restored to its former glory. Brilliant!

So, are there any other advantages of having our dentist in Southgate perform a root canal if needed? Read on to find out!

Aesthetic

One advantage that a root canal can offer you is aesthetic.

Once it has been performed by our dentist in Southgate, the tooth it is under will not look any different. To ensure it stays in place, we will secure it with either a porcelain veneer, filling or crown, adding another layer of protection to your tooth.

Hygienic

As odd as it may sound, it can be very bad for your oral hygiene to have a missing tooth or teeth.

As an extraction leads to a gap, this would cause plaque and bacteria to build up on the surrounding teeth and may provide a hiding spot for bacteria that could lead to gingivitis. And so, rather than have a plaque-attracting gap, it is actually more hygienic long-term for your dental health to have a root canal.

Preventive

Once again, a root canal is also a preventive procedure.

How? Assuming you have had a dental infection, it will not only remove the infected debris from the tooth but will also stop the debris from spreading into surrounding soft tissues and will

stop the infection from spreading.

Not only this but as we mentioned before, it will also prevent the infection from recurring at a later date, which extraction may be unable to do; bacteria may still be lingering in the socket of an extracted tooth so the infection may return.

Restorative

Part of the root canal (the filling) is to prevent the tooth from cracking and this is the restorative aspect.

This allows us to restore your tooth to its full strength, so you can bite and chew with it as you did before the infection occurred.

Cost-effective

If you were to choose an extraction, you would then have the secondary worry related to how to conceal and restore the gap; oral implants or fitted bridges are common options.

But these are pricey, making a root canal more affordable for most people.

Have some queries for an emergency dentist? Your top 5 answered by Adams Dental

It is rarely a good sign when you are awoken from sleep by a toothache.

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Or, if you have gone into work and notice a swelling forming on the side of your face, it is unlikely that it will go away without medical intervention. And while the last year has been a bit chaotic in relation to dental care and health-related emergencies, if you find yourself in one of the above scenarios, you need to see an emergency dental team.

Why? Well, firstly, no-one likes a toothache and secondly, because seeking urgent medical attention will reduce the risk of invasive procedures further down the line.

And when you come to see our emergency dentist in Southgate, our team at Adam’s Dental will ensure that you are treated with some much needed TLC. We will perform an assessment of your situation and aim to resolve any discomfort as soon as possible, allowing you to get on with your life discomfort free. Great stuff!

Have some questions about seeing our emergency dentist in Southgate? Read on for the answers to the top 5 FAQs our team are asked.

Why would I need an emergency appointment?

There are many dental issues that need to be overseen by our emergency dentist in Southgate; discomfort being the most pressing one!

But if you notice that you have swelling in the facial area, or notice that you have a loose filling or crown, then you need to see our team. If you are uncertain if your dental issue needs an emergency appointment, ask our receptionist team for more information.

What should I expect when I attend?

As mentioned before, our emergency team will make an assessment of your mouth and determine what the issue is.

If it is a loose filling, for instance, we will replace it and treat any associated infection if required. If you have a more serious emergency, such as an abscess, we will provide medications to control the infection but you will need to come in and see us again in a few days.

Will you be able to stop any discomfort?

Yes; we know that dental emergencies can be uncomfortable and we will endeavour to remove as much discomfort as possible using numbing gels and prescribe pain relief if necessary. We will also, obviously, treat the source of the discomfort to prevent it from returning.

Can an emergency dental team prescribe antibiotics?

Yes, we can, and will if we feel you need them to control an oral infection or aggressive presentation of periodontal disease.

If you have an infection, you will need to come back to our surgery for a follow-up appointment.

Will I need a follow-up?

This will depend on the source of the emergency; if it is an infection, then yes. This will allow our regular dental team to perform a root canal or another restorative procedure to remove the source of the infection and to prevent it from coming back.

In some cases, no immediate follow-up is needed.

Do you have a phobia of the dentist? How our team at Adams Dental can help

Having a dental phobia is far from fun; it can lower your self-esteem and as time passes, it can impact on your confidence and your looks.

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It is a sad reality that many dental patients who have dental phobias often fail to attend their six month check-ups with dental teams, which of course allows more simple and treatable problems to go untreated. And as you may know, a small cavity that is left alone for three years without a filling or crown can break down the tooth and lead to an infection.

Hence, if you are a nervous or phobic dental patient, you need to find a team who is suited to you; in short, you need a team who specialises in dental phobias and will work with you to help you overcome them.

At Adams Dental, our dentist in Southgate takes dental phobias very seriously and can ensure that you feel comfortable at every stage of your treatment with us. Our team has invested in helping patients who have dental phobias and will always be on hand to offer you compassionate and high-quality dental care. Greatly reassuring for our more nervous patients.

But what makes our dentist in Southgate different from other teams who can help dental phobics? Read on to find out.

Communication

The first tool that our dentist in Southgate uses is communication.

If you are a nervous patient, we will allow you the space to share your concerns, as well as your fears and will work with you to devise a personalised dental plan to get your teeth and oral health back on track without causing you any psychological discomfort.

Entertainment

However, if you need something other than a simple chat to help you get through a dental appointment with our team, we can offer you additional help at no extra cost.

We have invested in flat-screen televisions, placed above the dental chair, so you can watch the news, a cartoon or whatever you want to during your treatment with us. We even have DVD glasses!

Alternatively, if the sound of the drill is what concerns you during a dental visit, we have to hand noise-cancelling headphones, or why not bring your own headphones along to listen to your favourite music while we work on your mouth?

Hypnosis training

Here is where our team at Adams Dental differs from other dental practices; we can offer our nervous patients hypnosis coaching and training.

On our web page, we can offer patients a track to listen to before they come to us, to help them learn self-hypnosis to control their nerves. This will help alleviate any worries you have about attending a dental check-up and will help you overcome your phobia.

Sedation

And finally, if you need something a bit more intense to help you cope, we can offer you sedation.

At Adams Dental, we can offer both oral sedation in the form of a tablet or intravenous sedation (IV) which is injected into your arm to help you cope with check-ups and alleviate any associated anxieties. Simple!

Need to see an emergency dentist? A guide from Adams Dental

In recent times, there has been some debate over what to do during a dental emergency.

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Before 2020, it was a simple case of contacting the dental team you were registered with and attending an appointment as soon as you could, but with the rise of COVID-19, has this procedure changed?

In short, no. Luckily dental teams are still able to see emergency dental patients, but what do you do if you are only experiencing a dental emergency for the first time during the pandemic?

Whether you have a lost tooth or are in extreme dental pain, our emergency dentist in Southgate can help. At Adams Dental, we are proud of our emergency dental team, and seek to provide a same-day response to anyone who comes to see us with oral discomfort. We will treat the issue and ensure that when you leave our surgery, any discomfort is relieved and you are on the road to recovery. Brilliant!

But first, what warrants a trip to our emergency dentist in Southgate and what should you do if you encounter one? Read on to find out!

What is a dental emergency?

As mentioned earlier, if you have a lost tooth or have dental pain, you need to see our emergency dentist in Southgate. However, if you notice a loose or lost crown or filling, a crack or chip in your teeth or if there is a bleed hard to staunch, which doesn’t cease after 20 minutes of applied pressure, come and see us.

Clean the area

When you notice that you have a chipped tooth or a lost filling, the first thing you need to do is clean the area. Yes, this may be sensitive, but keeping any dental site free from debris will make it more comfortable; we recommend using salt water and a gentle rinsing motion.

Over-the-counter pain relief

Next, search your home for pain relief; if you have ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, now is the time to take it to alleviate any associated discomfort or swelling.

Contact our team

At Adams Dental we will aim to fit any emergency appointments in on the same day we are contacted; explain to our receptionists which issues you are experiencing and you will be triaged.

Obviously, if you are having issues breathing or opening and closing your mouth, go immediately to Accident and Emergency.

Attending the appointment

When you come to the appointment, we will treat you with the compassion and care you need. We will assess the area and seek to restore any lost fillings, conceal any chip etc. If you have an infection, we will prescribe you with antibiotics to control it until your regular dentist can make an assessment.

Aftercare and prevention

If we book you in for a follow-up appointment, please keep it; we may need to perform an additional procedure such as a root canal which will prevent a recurrence.

For prevention of dental emergencies, keep up with your dental hygiene and attend our surgery every 6 months for a check-up.

Can my dentist in Southgate provide Invisalign?

If you are looking for a non-invasive treatment to help straighten your smile, then we are proud to offer Invisalign as a potential option for you. This treatment consists of us giving you a set of custom-made aligners that fit perfectly around your teeth. These aligners are worn for around 22 hours a day, and you transition between the different stages yourself from the comfort of your own home.

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How does it all work?

The first step of your Invisalign journey with us will be a consultation meeting with our dentist in Southgate, this is important as it allows us to examine your teeth and make sure you are eligible for the treatment. We will take various scans of your teeth, using 3D technology as well as X-rays, we can then see which teeth need to be repositioned and how long it will roughly take. During this consultation meeting, you may also be able to see a scan of what your teeth should look like at the end of the treatment.

If everything goes well in the consultation meeting, and you would like to start Invisalign with us, then your dentist in Southgate will send off your scans to the dental laboratory for your aligners to be created. You should then expect to receive them around 2 weeks afterwards and your Invisalign journey can begin! As mentioned above, you will be given a few different aligners that you will go through as the treatment goes on. The number of aligners you receive all depends on your needs.

You may receive more aligners later on in the treatment if your dentist in Southgate thinks that it is necessary. The average treatment time varies from 6-18 months, and this comes down to your individual needs. If your teeth are more severely misaligned, you will need more aligners for example.

Our staff at Adams Dental are dedicated to improving your oral health, and making sure you feel comfortable throughout the process. If you are debating getting Invisalign, contact our dental practice today and we can help you to begin your journey to straighter teeth!

What are the advantages?

There are many great benefits for you to enjoy when you have Invisalign with us, whether it is for health or for aesthetic reasons. One of the main advantages is the ease of the whole process, there are no invasive surgeries, and you can carry it out all from the comfort of your own home. The treatment simply consists of us taking some scans of your teeth, and giving you your aligners. To add to this, during the whole 6-18 month process, you will only have to visit our dentist in Southgate every 6-8 weeks, which is great if you have a busier schedule or are nervous about coming to the practice.

Another advantage that our patients enjoy with Invisalign is how the aligners look during the treatment. Due to the soft, clear plastic material that is used, they are nearly invisible to other people, which is great if you tend to be a more self-conscious person.

How can our emergency dentist help you?

We understand that sometimes accidents can happen with your teeth, such as breakages, and this is why it is so useful that we offer an emergency dentist in Southgate. It can be upsetting and scary when something goes wrong with your teeth or gums, and this is why we have allotted emergency appointment times.

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What is a dental emergency?

You may be wondering, what sorts of things are seen as a dental emergency? And what are the symptoms that come with having a dental emergency? There are a few different things that might give you a reason to call us, all of them are likely to be painful and uncomfortable, and we will do all we can to help you with this.

Knocked out/broken tooth

One of the more common reasons that someone may book an appointment with our emergency dentist in Southgate is when they have had an accident and their tooth has come out or been damaged. This can be painful and put the surrounding teeth at risk, which is why it is important to contact us as soon as possible after the accident. In some cases, if you have saved the tooth or the rest of a partly broken tooth, we might be able to reattach it. This only really happens if the broken bit of tooth is in good enough condition to reattach it. If you don’t have the broken parts of your tooth, or we can’t reattach it, we will most likely extract the rest of the tooth to prevent any further damage. Don’t worry about this though, as we will go through the options you have to replace the missing tooth.

Toothache

This is also one of the more common reasons as to why our patients may need an emergency appointment. Toothache involves you having extreme pain in usually one part of your mouth. This can be due to a number of dental problems, such as infection, decay, a damaged tooth and more. We recommend that if you experience the toothache for 2 days or more, and the pain does not go away with painkillers, then this is when you should contact us for an appointment with our emergency dentist in Southgate.

What happens in an emergency appointment?

When you arrive at your appointment, we will examine your teeth to find where the damage is, or assess your tooth if it has broken. If you are experiencing a lot of pain, then we can help you with this by providing pain relief such as local anaesthetic or a numbing agent. This can really help if you are in pain or are nervous about having emergency dental work done.

After the first two steps have been completed, it is important for us to sterilise the area to prevent any infection from occurring as much as we can. After this, we will do whatever we can to try and fix whatever the problem was that you arrived with. The amount we can do in one appointment does vary depending on the severity of the problem, but we will always do the best we can to alleviate your pain in that moment, and create a plan going forward if needed.

Here at Adams Dental, we strive to keep our patients’ oral health as good as possible, to prevent dental emergencies happening in the first place. But if they ever do arise, then you can have comfort in knowing that we are here to help you.

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How to deal with emergency dental care during Covid-19 pandemic

It’s 2020 and we live very difficult times that nobody would have ever expected. Right now, it is not only the common fear of dentists which is probably to keep you away from them, but it is also the fact that we find ourselves in a difficult situation without having a clue about when or what will happen next.

Even so, here at Adams Dental, our specialists are ready to help when you will be in need of an emergency dentist in Southgate during the Covid-19 pandemic. Most dental care services are limited to treating only toothache or trauma. It’s a tough period, but we try to do our best by continuously offering the best services for an emergency dentist in Southgate. Don’t just try to toughen up and avoid something urgently, we assure you that we do everything which stays in our power to provide a very safe environment for every patient.

How can I recognize dental emergencies?

  • A knocked-out tooth
  • A fractured tooth
  • Severe toothache

It is very important that in case of emergency to come and see one of our doctors at Adams Dental and avoid any form of infection or limit the chances of complications as much as possible.

How can we help you?

Online emergency dental content

We provide very useful articles on our blog which could help you clear the mystery pain or problem that you might have without having to book a physical appointment and avoid any risk. You can find interesting subjects, guidelines, or tips & tricks for better dental hygiene.

Online consultations

In these times of Covid-19, we are ready to take online phone and video consultations to reduce the amount of time that patients spend during the practice and also to have a better understanding of the problem that you have and if that might be an emergency. Book a spot for a safe initial online consultation!

We also provide emergency consultations, so if you find yourself in such a situation, you can book an urgent consultation here and our team will be ready to help and follow up with your case.

We have included in the Covid-19 Patient Journey for an emergency dentist in Southgate the following measures:

  • Patients must book from home non-urgent appointments;
  • One designated member of our team will work with your inquiry before you visit the cabinet and help with completing the pre-appointment paper forms and arrange prepayment methods. This will help reduce the number of patients being present at the reception;
  • Payments before a consultation can be made easily and securely online or by phone. It is preferable to keep cash payments to a minimum;
  • Aftercare and support are provided after every consultation to make sure everything is all right and as safe as possible to avoid any extra visits.

All of these safety measures that our team is providing will come with the responsibilities of patients. Don’t worry, nothing alien is going on!

The patients will be asked the following:

  • To come alone (please advise reception if you require a chaperone);
  • To keep personal belongings to a minimum, only what you consider essential;
  • To have a face-covering all times except during clinical treatments;
  • To wait for staff to welcome you inside after we assured the safety of the place;
  • To have your temperature checked by our team and use hand sanitizer as soon as you arrive and before you leave;
  • To follow the current social distancing guidelines whilst in the cabinet;
  • To request access to the toilets, rather than using without notice. This will help our team run properly before and after cleaning procedures.

Please read carefully all Covid-19 Patient Journey and Protocols before making an appointment for an emergency dentist in Southgate. For full information click here.

For full list of Covid-19 adjusted fees click here.

We are here for each other in these most difficult times and we try to offer the best support and safest environment for all our patients. We are all looking forward to better times and to get together again! To know how to stay safe check also the NHS guidelines.