Because we believe in preserving natural teeth as long as possible we often advise root canal treatment in preference to removing an infected tooth. We have a very high success rate within our practice for root canal treatment. This is because we believe to only proceed with root canal if we think it has a high chance of being a success and is the right option for you.
The aim of root canal treatment is to get rid of the damaged, dying or dead nerve. To remove damaged pulp and the bacteria that are causing the infection. It is a skilled procedure and involves removing inflamed or dead nerves and blood vessels from the centre of your tooth. This is done by drilling a hole through the top of your tooth to the root canal and removing the dead tissues. The empty root canal is then cleaned, a temporary filling is put in and the tooth left to settle usually advised one week. The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.
Once the tooth has under gone the root canal procedure over time the tooth can become brittle. It is sometimes advised a plastic fibre post is drilled into the largest canal of the tooth and a strong core foundation built up. It is then often advised that the tooth is protected with a crown. This then enables you to preserve your natural tooth for as long as you can.