Dentists in Derby, Derbyshire 44 Main Street, Etwall, Derby, Derbyshire DE65 6LP
If your tooth is significantly decayed or becomes damaged through accidental injury, bacteria can penetrate to the soft tissues at the centre of the tooth. This tissue houses all your tooth’s blood vessels and nerve endings.
An infected tooth can be very uncomfortable. You may experience a persistent toothache and heightened sensitivity to hot and cold.
Over time, the nerve of the tooth will begin to die. When this happens, the tooth may begin to turn grey and get progressively darker in colour. However, an infected tooth can be completely asymptomatic and may only be identified on a routine x-ray.
Under a local anaesthetic, your dentist will make an opening in the tooth to access the root canal. They will then remove the infected tissue and fill the root canal with an antibacterial sealant material.
Once the infection is removed, they will rebuild the tooth, either with a filling or, if the damage is more significant, by fitting a dental crown.
To prevent the infection from spreading to surrounding teeth and tissue the infected tooth is extracted.
Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.
Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.
From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.
Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.
We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.
This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.
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