Root Canal Therapy

Abscessed or infected teeth are no longer only treated by extraction. The “life centre” or nerve chamber of the tooth contains blood vessels and nerves, this is called the pulp. This tissue resides in the middle of the tooth and can become irritated or infected by the bacteria which cause decay.

The tooth will go through several stages before an abscess is produced due to toxins released by dead tissues into the surrounding jaw bone. If a “pulpitis” or inflammation of the pulp is caught early a filling may be sufficient to cure a toothache. If the pulpitis is severe or an abscess results, removal of the pulp tissue and sterilisation of the root canals can allow the tooth to be saved.

Small instruments are used to clean and shape the root canal which can be filled with rubber once the infection is treated. We use the latest technology of digital x-rays and nickel titanium rotary instruments to make this process as quick and efficient as possible. Once the infection is treated, the tooth can then be restored with a filling or crown.

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