Root canal therapy deals principally with the clever, internal structure of teeth and addresses the removal of inflamed or dead pulp (nerve) which is then replaced with a special root filling.
It enables teeth which otherwise would need extraction to be saved.
Once the pulp from the centre of the tooth has been removed it can still function as a normal but a skilled procedure of cleaning and filling the root canals is required. The restoration can sometimes be lengthy, especially where infection has become established, or if a crown is needed as part of the treatment.
Fillings in general are everyday procedures in dentistry. They are part of the restorative ‘toolbox’ available to our dentists and the procedures are generally straightforward.
Teeth affected by dental decay will have a single or multiple cavities which compromise their integrity. It is important to clean out the decay and seal the tooth to arrest any further erosion. If untreated the bacteria responsible for the decay can lead to pain, infection and tooth loss. Untreated, decay will inflame the tooth pulp and the tooth could then require a more complex procedure such as root filling.
A routine initial examination will highlight problems and a scan or X-rays will give further indications of the problem.
The surgical procedure to place a filling will involve numbing the tooth – for anxious patients Darlington Dental Clinic offers conscious sedation – and removal of the affected decayed area.
How long will the restored tooth last? If you look after your teeth and gums, a root canal treated tooth may last a lifetime.