Root Canal Therapy
- The crown – the visible part of the tooth above the gum
- The root – like a plant’s root, the root extends downwards into the jaw and functions as an anchor to keep the tooth in place
Teeth are made up several different structures. The one at the centre of the tooth is known as ‘dental pulp’ or nerve, and this structure runs through from the crown of the tooth through to the end of the root. It travels through a tunnel in the tooth called the root canal. This ‘pulp’ is soft tissue and it’s made up of nerves and blood vessels. The pulp can be quite susceptible to infection, and when infected by bacteria, it starts to die and the bacteria begin to multiply. The bacteria travel down the root canal and infect the whole tooth and surrounding bone, causing severe pain and it can lead to a dental abscess and your face swelling up.
The dental pulp can become infected for many reasons such a dental decay, gum disease, trauma, over heating or can be just one of those things and die.
Once there is an infection in the root canal, in order to remove the bacteria there are two options:
- Tooth removal
- Root canal treatment
If you opt for root canal treatment then your dentist will attempt to save the tooth by removing all the infected pulp. The root canal will then be cleaned, then filled with a rubber based material called gutta purcha. We use a modern rubber filling which is heated and injected into the root canal. It’s called “ Obtura B” and has a higher success rate then the old fashioned systems. After root canal treatment we normally recommend crowning the tooth for added protection.
Expert Root Canal Treatment
At Carisbrook we have a dentist called Dr Dan Turner who has a special interest in root canal treatment, he has completed further training and qualifications in the subject at the prestigious Eastman Dental Institute. He attained a Distinction for his Masters of Science degree in the subject. In fact that’s all he does – root canal, like many of our dentists other dentists refer their root canal work to him. Especially the more complex cases, where root canal has already been done in the past and failed.
If you would like to know more or think you may need root canal treatment, please get in touch