Root Canal Treatment Larkfield & West Malling.

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Root Canal TreatmentRoot Canal Treatments

Root canal treatment is where the canal at the centre of a tooth are cleaned and filled to remove infection which has formed within the tooth. Root canal treatment is also called endodontics.

Often the first sign that there is a problem with the tooth is that it will darken. This shows that the nerve inside the tooth has died, if this is not treated quickly enough then allows an abscess to form in the root of the tooth. It is likely that until the abscess forms there will not be any pain. Once an abscess has formed the tooth may be tender to bite on and some swelling may be visible.

In order to save the tooth the canal will need to be cleaned out to remove the infection and a good root filling put in place to prevent it happening again. If left untreated the tooth may need to be extracted.

Treatment

First the tooth will be numbed using a local anaesthetic and once this has taken affect the dentist will drill into the tooth so that the canals can be accessed. The canals will then be completely cleaned and any abscesses drained.

Is likely that the dentist will then put a temporary filling in place and leave the tooth to settle. This allows them to be sure that all the infection has been removed before the tooth is sealed completely with a permanent filling. It is likely that the tooth will require crowing at a later date to strengthen the tooth as following root canal treatment the tooth may become brittle.

Root canal treatment is usually very successful and allows you to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.

Root canal treatment can often be performed by your dentist. However if your case is complex you may be referred to an endodontist, who is a specialist in performing root canal treatment.