Root Canal & Crown
A tooth that needs this type of treatment means that we can save the tooth and keep it in your mouth. This is a great chance for you to retain a vital part of your mouth, your smile and your bite.
A Root Canal Filling (also called Endodontics) is a deep filling that blocks up the space where the nerve canal of the tooth was. The reason for doing this is because all the bacteria have managed to infect the nerve in the root.
The root canals are cleaned with thin metal tools which aim to get to the root ends. The space is widened and smoothed and washed out regularly with strong antiseptics to help eliminate all the bacteria. After, this space is filled with another antiseptic paste and covered with a temporary filling. We sometimes need to do this a few times.
Click here to watch a video about root canal treatment.
A tooth that has had this treatment, needs to be protected from breaking down or fracturing. There are some options for this but crowns are usually the best method to cover the tooth.
Crowns provide the option of cover for a tooth and also keep it strong enough to bite with. It is sometimes too much to ask for a tooth-coloured composite filling to keep a tooth strong enough to bite on, and if a weak filling is placed into the tooth, the tooth may break down or even fracture.
Crowns provide the alternative by covering the whole of the top and sides of a tooth to give the tooth strength to last a long time. The materials can be porcelain or metal, like gold crowns. The porcelain types provide strength but also give you a tooth like result.
With porcelain crowns, we can make them, in one appointment with the latest CADCAM technology from e4D. See here for more information.
Again, please come in and speak to us about what option is best for you so you can make your own mind up.
Any invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.