When you have recently had a dental infection, you may be worried about it coming back.

After all, not only are dental infections very painful to experience, they can also cause damage to the bone and tissues in the mouth and, of course, an emergency dental appointment is usually needed to at least get the associated discomfort under control.

And, if you are like most people, you may feel that the only way to truly prevent an infection from recurring is to have the offending tooth removed. But if the tooth is one of the front teeth, this is far from practical and can create a secondary aesthetic issue.

There is a solution; endodontics or a root canal can prevent the recurrence of an infection without the need to remove the tooth and has a 96% success rate over 15 years.

And yet, as our dentist in West Byfleet is aware, few patients actually want to undertake a root canal, despite the obvious benefits it can provide. At our surgery, we have helped hundreds of people restore their smiles aesthetic and hygiene with a root canal and can attest to the success of the procedure long-term.

Still not convinced that root canal is the answer to your infection woes? Here are some reasons to reconsider it as a viable option from our dentist in West Byfleet.

Restores the tooth

Post-infection, your tooth may feel a bit sore and sensitive and you may wonder if it will ever feel ‘right’ again.

With a root canal, our dentist in West Byfleet will be able to restore the strength and functionality of your tooth; by removing the infected debris, packing the tooth and sealing the treatment with a crown or filling, your tooth will be as strong as it ever was and will feel normal to bite and chew with. Great stuff!

Prevents infection recurrence

While an extraction may seem like the ultimate answer to treating an infection, it may actually encourage another one to start.

After all, a hole in your mouth can act as a breeding ground for bacteria, and with the longer-healing time that comes with an extraction, it can be a more uncomfortable and prolonged infection than the initial one. Yikes! A root canal clears away the infected debris and with the skilled hand of our team, it will ensure that the infection does not spread into surrounding bone or soft-tissues.


Of course, a key benefit of a root canal is the aesthetic one; the tooth can stay in your mouth and is topped with a porcelain crown or filling. So, nobody will know you have had any procedure performed and there is no gap to attract unwanted attention. Perfect!


An extraction can prompt plenty of secondary costs. The gap in your smile will need to be filled with a suitable prosthetic, and this will usually involve a dental implant or a fitted bridge, both are exceedingly pricey and could be avoided with a simple root canal!

While it is something that no one wants to think about, it is more important than ever to be able to identify a dental emergency.

Of course, we hope you never require such treatment, but a dental emergency can be life-threatening if left unchecked and, if you have never had one before, it can sometimes be easy to overlook them as they don’t all come with painful symptoms. Indeed, many emergency scenarios may be seen as an inconvenience and, as it is the way with dental care, if they are left they can quickly escalate into conditions that are harder to treat and may become more uncomfortable. Yikes!

At Byfleet Dental Boutique, our emergency dentist in West Byfleet is able to offer all emergency patients an appointment within 24 hours of you contacting our surgery, to help get you out of discomfort and back to living your life. What more could you ask for from an emergency dental team?

But what are some of the signs that you need an emergency appointment with our dentist in West Byfleet?


Almost seen as unanimous with a dental emergency is relentless discomfort.

How do you know when the discomfort warrants a same-day visit to our dentist in West Byfleet? If it is keeping you awake at night, preventing you from eating, concentrating, or it is not responding to pain relief, you need to see our team urgently.


Swelling to the face, gums or throat area requires immediate medical attention.

It could indicate anything from an infection to an impacted tooth, all of which need to be seen by a member of our team. Of course, if the swelling is impacting your ability to breathe or eat, go straight to the hospital.

Cracks and chips

Commonly seen in those who play sports, a crack or a chip can seem fairly harmless.

But, as you may have guessed, it can act as a gateway for bacteria to get underneath the enamel, leading to decay or infection. And as our team typically fixes such issues with composite fillings, it really is easier not to risk it.

Lost fillings and crowns

Lost fillings or crowns can be a bit of a nuisance; sometimes they hurt and sometimes they are unnoticeable.

However, if you are aware that you have lost a crown or filling, you need to see our emergency team promptly. Delaying the restoration could result in any decay worsening and the setting in of an infection. If you actually have the lost crown or filling, feel free to bring it in to our team; just be sure to wrap it in tissue paper to keep it clean!


If you have had a bleed in your mouth due to extraction or injury, it is important to keep an eye on the bleeds flow.

If after 20 minutes of applied pressure with gauze the bleed fails to slow, you will need to see our team to have either surgical glue applied or stitches. Simple!

Whether you are 18 or 80, losing a tooth or teeth can have a tremendous impact on your self-confidence.

And while some people can learn to live with a gap in their teeth, this is understandably harder to do if the gap is near the front of your mouth. So, what can you do?

In years gone by, dental teams would have closed the gap with either a fitted bridge or partial denture but thanks to advances in restorative dental care, today there are many more options.

For instance, you can now replace anything from a single missing tooth to an entire mouth of teeth by having dental implants fitted.

At Byfleet Dental Boutique, we have helped many patients restore their smile using dental implants. Our dentist in West Byfleet will determine which type of implant is the most suited to you based on your oral health, helping to fill that gap and ensure that you get back your former bite and chewing strength without the worry of wobbly dentures. Fantastic!

Why does our dentist in West Byfleet recommend using dental implants to replace missing teeth? Read on to find out!

Improved bite

We all know that missing teeth can create an issue with your bite and so, a key benefit of having our dentist in West Byfleet fit dental implants is that your bite strength will greatly improve.

While dentures can offer some assistance with better biting, they are often loose and cannot handle harder foods. Ergo, dental implants are the best way to ensure you maintain a varied diet through having a stronger bite that can tackle apples, nuts, corn on the cob and more.

Better oral health

Gaps in your smile attract plaque and bacteria, which can have long term issues on your general oral health.

While the idea of having metal screws placed into your jaw may seem contraindicatary for good oral health, closing those gaps and reducing plaque will protect your mouth against secondary complications.

Better general health

The studies linking oral plaque and bacteria to other health complications such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes are extensive and so, having implants which reduce the occurrence of plaque will also act as a preventive measure to these other issues.

Studies have also found links between higher levels of oral bacteria and cancer, so having implants over leaving a gap in your mouth can actually save your life.

No more headaches

If you have natural teeth in your mouth, gaps can cause them to not mesh correctly.

Throw sleep into the mix of poorly meshing teeth, and the outcome is frequent morning headaches or migraines. Implants allow your natural teeth to slot together as they should, reducing the occurrence of headaches. Great!

Gastrointestinal issues

Teeth are essential for chewing food; a mouth with gaps in it cannot break down food correctly, leading to stomach issues such as excess acid or heartburn due to larger pieces of food reaching the stomach. Implants assist with correct food breakdown, alleviating any associated gastrointestinal problems.

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