Root Treatment

Nowadays even severely decayed or broken-down teeth can often be restored to full function and appearance provided the root is still intact. Root treatment is a technique which is used on dead or dying teeth to prevent them from causing problems in the future and thus allowing us to restore the teeth.

Each tooth root has a canal inside it which contains the nerve tissue. If this nerve becomes damaged or dies, for example because of decay or trauma, the tooth will eventually start to cause an infection (an abscess). During root treatment the roots are cleaned and shaped using tiny files and sterilising fluids and the canals are then filled up and sealed with a root filling material. This means that, provided the tooth is then restored with a suitable restoration, usually a crown, the tooth can be preserved for future use. Root treated teeth can even be used to support bridges provided the roots are strong.

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