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.
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.