Root canal treatment is a dental procedure to treat infection at the centre of a tooth (the root canal system).
Root canal treatment is also called endodontics.
The infection is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth when one of the following has happened:
• tooth decay occurs
• fillings leak
• teeth are damaged by trauma, such as a fall
At this stage the only way to treat the infection is to either extract the tooth or provide a root treatment. (Sometimes people are given antibiotics, but these do NOT treat the source of the infection. They just mask the problem so this is not a sensible longterm option).
To complete a really effective root treatment takes:
• some considerable time and skill,
• really good equipment including-
2. a way to seal around the tooth during treatment to allow use of tiny filing instruments and really effective cleaning solutions within the tooth and prevent bacteria entering from your mouth. This is called a rubber dam, it looks a little odd when first used but most people much prefer treatment with these as no water gets into your mouth
3. a system to measure the length of the root canals
4. a way of preparing a nicely shaped canal to allow thorough cleaning and filling of the canal
5. A Laser to help reduce the number of bacteria in the canals prior to filling
6. a good system to fill the whole of the canal with no voids.
Claire has invested heavily in all the above equipment, as well as having completed lots of postgraduate training and taking a lot of time to complete the treatment properly, this means there is a great chance of success. It has to be appreciated however that some donʼt work, in this unfortunate situation, if all the best protocols have already been completed then extraction of the tooth is the only option.
Pictures showing the basic process undertaken-
1- Decay causing infection at the tip of the root
2- Canals are cleaned and shaped
3- Canals are filled
4- Ideally a crown or other full coverage restoration should be placed afterwards Some radiographs of a recent root treatment case Claire completed.
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