Saving teeth which might otherwise need to be extracted
Root canal therapy – sometimes called root canal treatment – is a long-established technique used to preserve teeth which might otherwise be considered too badly damaged to be saved.
Sometimes decay or trauma can cause the nerve inside a tooth to die. If this happens, an abscess could form which – as you’ll know if you’ve ever had one – can be very painful indeed.
How root canal treatment works
Your dentist can use root canal therapy to resolve the issue and prevent further problems in future.
We begin by cleaning and sterilising the centre of the affected tooth. Once this is done, it’s important to seal off the canal system altogether. When this is complete, the tooth is sealed. Often this is done by applying a tooth-coloured composite resin, although sometimes we may need to fit a crown if the remaining tooth structure needs to be strengthened.
When carried out properly, root canal treatment is very effective and can remain so for many years.
How Upton Dental puts your comfort first
One other thing to note about root canal treatment is that it has something of a reputation for being painful. Please rest assured that – even if you’ve had a negative experience in the past – there’s no reason why you should have to put up with discomfort during this treatment.
At Upton Dental we’re very careful to make sure that our patients remain comfortable throughout the process. We’ll also take the time to make sure you’re feeling confident and relaxed before we begin. It’s this sensitive approach that ensures patients come back to us over many years.