Root canal treatment in Wolverhampton

Root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment. It deals principally with the internal structure of teeth and addresses the removal of inflamed or dead pulp which is then replaced with a special root filling. It successfully enables teeth, which otherwise would need extraction, to be saved.

Once the pulp from the centre of the tooth has been removed, it can still function as a normal tooth, but a skilled procedure of cleaning and filling the root canals is required. The restoration can sometimes be lengthy, especially where infection has become established. We would recommend a crown is fitted to complete the treatment.

The procedure, generally carried out with a local anaesthetic, would be as follows:

  • An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the chamber where the pulp is found.

  • The pulp is removed, and the root canal/s cleaned and shaped into a form that can be filled easily.

  • Medications to prevent infection may be placed in the pulp chamber.

  • The tooth may be left open in order for it to drain, however, often a temporary filling is placed in the crown of the tooth to protect it until your next visit.

  • Antibiotics may also be prescribed in tablet form to help prevent infection.

  • The temporary filling will be removed, and after cleaning, the pulp chamber and root canal/s will be filled.

  • Finally, a porcelain crown is placed over the tooth.

How long will the restored tooth last?

If you look after your teeth and gums, a root canal-treated tooth may last a lifetime.

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