Root canal therapy (or endodontics) can help prevent a tooth from being extracted by removing infected or inflamed pulp from inside the tooth. Full of nerves and blood vessels, the pulp is the ‘living’ tissue at the heart of the tooth. It can become infected due to bacteria entering via areas of decay, a deep filling or damage to the tooth.
Once we have removed the pulp, we seal the root and then finish off with a permanent filling or crown, ensuring the tooth is kept well-protected in future. Even though the pulp is removed, the tooth remains functional as it is kept nourished by the surrounding vital tissues.
The benefits in brief
- Can save teeth that may otherwise have to be removed.
- Prevents the spread of infection.
- Relieves the pain caused by an infected tooth.
- Avoids the cost of replacing an extracted tooth.
The Donovan’s Dental difference
Although root canal therapy is often thought of as being a painful procedure, we carry out this tooth saving treatment as painlessly as possible. We use fast, flexible rotary files to shape the root canals and then fill these with a warm, compressible substance known as ‘gutta percha’. The experience should be no different to having a normal filling.
Seeking a tooth-saving solution? Call us on 01798 343552.