Not just the bells and whistles

Over the past 20 years or so, dentists have been able to expand their range of services. These days, most people expect to be able to go to their dentist and get great veneers, teeth whitening, dental implants, cosmetic braces, as well as advice on stopping smoking and even treatments to rejuvenate their faces.

General Dentistry in BournemouthMost dentists have such a long list of treatments on offer that it can be easy to forget what lies at the foundation of every good dental practice: solid general dentistry.

This is the dentistry that takes care of your teeth after you have had your check-up. It’s not the bells and whistles of cosmetic dentistry, it’s the stuff you need to know is available even if you never need it. Things like root canal treatments and extractions. We all hope we never have to have either, but if we do then we want to be able to get them from the dentist we already know and trust.

Root canal therapy

This is a treatment for saving teeth that have become infected. You will know if you have a tooth infection because you will develop a rip-roaring toothache. Leave it long enough and it will take over your entire head. You will probably also develop an abscess at the base of the tooth, where the pus from the infection drains into.

If you think you have a tooth infection, you need to come in to Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth as soon as you can. You can even call for an emergency dental appointment if you are in a lot of pain. Don’t leave it, because the infection can travel down into your jawbone and that can be very nasty.

We use root canal therapy to treat infected teeth. We clean away the infection, and remove all the pulp from inside the tooth roots. Then we use filling material to fill the roots and put a crown over the tooth. This means you get to keep your teeth. If you lose your tooth, you will then have a gap that will need to be filled with a false tooth to stop the surrounding teeth from wandering, falling into the gap and falling out.

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