Root treatments are relatively pain free and we will do everything we can to save rather than extract a tooth
Often, even though teeth are very badly broken down or decayed, we can still save the tooth. Root canal treatment is needed when the nerve of a tooth becomes affected.
At East Leigh, we have modern equipment to help with root canal treatment. These include microscopes, rotary (motorised) instruments and locators to help us be very precise.
The tooth has a hollow centre and hollow roots. These are called the pulp chamber and root canals respectively.
The tooth is anaesthetised and fitted with a thin rubber sheet (known as a dam) in order to isolate it. This acts as a barrier to avoid contamination of the roots by the saliva. A rubber dam also aids patient comfort.
The pulp chamber is opened up and cleaned.
The root canals are then prepared and disinfected.
Once the root canals have been filed to the correct diameter they are filled with a biocompatible resin and a rubber compound called gutta percha.
The tooth is then refilled.
In order to strengthen the tooth further, root treated teeth are often crowned. We would discuss this with you at your appointment if it is necessary.