The procedure involves removing inflamed or damaged tissue from inside a tooth and cleaning, filling and sealing the remaining space. The pulp, or soft inner tissue of your tooth, is normally surrounded and protected by a layer of dentin. Above the gumline, the dentin is protected by a layer of enamel; below the gumline, the dentin is covered by cementum. When a deep cavity, decay or crack destroys these protective layers, the pulp is exposed to the bacteria in your mouth. This can result in inflammation, infection and, eventually, necrosis (pulp death). A severe blow to the tooth can also damage the pulp. Irritants may then escape from the end of the root and cause a diseased area (apical lesion) in the bone.
Root canal treatment removes the damaged pulp and irritants. This allows the bone surrounding the root end to repair and heal.
Root canal treatment is a series of appointment, maybe two to three depending on each case.
An effective daily cleaning and flossing routine, along with regular visits to the dentist is the foundation for a healthy smile. This simple daily routine can help you to avoid extensive dental treatments and also keep your smile bright and healthy.
Regular examinations and hygiene treatments involve a thorough tooth and gum check and the removal calculus and plaque.
Plaque is the sticky white substance that builds up after eating or if you forget to brush and floss. If this plaque is not removed then it will harden to become calculus.
Plaque build-up on your teeth can be harmful for a number of reasons:
To prevent this process:
We believe that every tooth is precious and one of the main goals of modern dentistry will always be the prevention of tooth loss. All possible measures should be taken to preserve and maintain your teeth because the loss of a single tooth can have a major impact upon your dental health and appearance. However, it is still sometimes necessary to remove a tooth. Some of the reasons for doing so can be seen below:
The techniques of extraction include surgical and non-surgical procedures. Following a close study of your radiographs your dentist will be in a position to advise you on which one is the best procedure for you.
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea may be treated using oral appliances, nasal continuous positive airway pressure or surgery. Please visit us for a consultation with one of our dentist to know if oral appliance would be suitable for you.
Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury. Every year thousands of people, including children, are treated for dental injuries that could have been avoided or minimised by wearing a protective, custom-fitted mouthguard.
Damaged or knocked out teeth, broken jaws and cut lips can be sustained when playing sport. Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard helps to absorb and spread the impact of a blow to your face, which might otherwise result in an injury to your mouth or jaw.