Root Canal Treatment
In the centre of each tooth, there is a collection of nerves and blood vessels which makes up the pulp. When teeth die due to decay or trauma it means that the pulp has been irreversibly damaged. An infection (abscess) is then likely to take hold and root canal treatment is necessary. If an abscess is left untreated it can lead to a serious infection.
At Balls Road Dental Practice, root canal treatment is provided on the NHS unless it is a difficult case which may need referral to a specialist endodontist. Sometimes root canal treatment is not feasible because the tooth is too badly damaged or because the gum and bone surrounding the tooth is not healthy. If this is the case, extraction of the tooth may be the only option.
Front teeth often have just one root canal, while back teeth may have three or more and hence the length of time required to carry out the treatment varies. If you decide to undertake root canal treatment, you need to be prepared for several visits. Many patients choose root canal treatment because they want to save a tooth which would otherwise need to be extracted.
The treatment involves removing the damaged pulp and cleaning out the pulp chamber and the root canals. This is a painstaking process as the root canal system must be completely clean and dry. The canals are cleaned and shaped eventually filled. A permanent seal is placed over the rootfilling and then a filling or a crown has to be placed over the top of the tooth.