Root Canal Treatment

Inside every healthy tooth there is a pulp. The pulp is made up of nerves and bloodvessels. The blood supply keeps the tooth alive and the nerve allows us to detect temperature and pressure – and also lets us know when something is wrong.

If a tooth becomes badly decayed, is damaged by trauma or has a deep filling, there is always the possibility that the pulp of the tooth may die, this is often painful and may eventually result in an abcess beneath the tooth. Sometimes there may be no pain at all.

To eliminate pain and to restore the tooth, we carry out a procedure called root canal therapy. When carried out to a high standard this will save the tooth and give many more years of service!

Procedure

First a local anaesthetic is given to numb the tooth. A rubber dam is placed around the tooth to isolate it, and to keep it clean and dry, allowing us to do a better job.

An opening is made in the top of the tooth down into the pulp chamber. Tiny nickel-titanium files are then used to carefully remove the damaged pulp and shape the root canals to receive the permanent root filling. It is often necessary to place a crown on a root filled tooth to give it more strength.

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