What is a root canal filling?

It is a procedure where the nerve of the tooth is removed and the space filled and sealed.

When do you need a root filling?

When a tooth has had a really bad knock, has been badly broken, or has very deep decay and the nerve has died.

Why do we perform root fillings?

Sometimes the only way to save a tooth is to have a root canal treatment – the alternative may be an extraction.

Treatment Options:

Simple root fillings can be done by a general dentist at Parnell Dentistry. Once we have assessed the tooth thoroughly we may recommend a referral to a specialist called an Endodontist for them to either do the whole procedure or complete a difficult tooth.

Care following treatment:

Once a tooth has been root filled discoloration may occur – we often bleach a tooth if this happens. A root filled tooth also becomes more brittle, therefore we do recommend the tooth be crowned following root canal therapy. We will advise what is recommended for your particular case.

 
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