Root canal therapy corrects disorders of the dental pulp – the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. Traditionally this involved removing the tooth but now (in 95 percent of these cases) the natural tooth can be saved through modern endodontic procedures.
An endodontist (also called pulp specialist) is a specialist in root canal therapy.
Without treatment, the infection of the dental pulp will spread to the bone around the tooth making it no longer able to hold the tooth in place.
Treatment begins with the initial removal of the tooth crown (or top) to allow access to the pulpal tissue. The affected area is removed and the area surrounding and containing the pulpal tissue is carefully cleaned, enlarged, and shaped to provide a clean, bondable surface for filling with permanent filler. This prevents any further infection and discomfort.
After filling, a crown is fabricated to complete the rescue and restoration of the natural tooth.
The procedure is generally spread over several visits to ensure the infected pulp and associated bacteria have been adequately drained.
At Gentle Dental Care we have a specialist Endodontist on staff to treat even the most difficult cases. If you suspect you have a problem call us now to organise consultation.
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