Dr. C J Illingworth BChD

Tel: 01244 351 755

Root Canal Treatment

Saving your natural teeth should always be your first choice when dental care is needed, as not even the most advanced bridges and implants, can truly replace your natural tooth. The crown of the tooth is made up of a hard, white enamel layer and a thicker dentine layer. These layers protect the innermost soft tissues of the tooth, called the dental pulp. This pulp contains blood vessels and nerves, and it extends from the crown to the tip of the root, or roots. The pulp of each tooth runs through the centre of the root in small root canals. It is usual for the front teeth to have a single root canal, whilst molars often have three or more canals.

When the pulp is diseased or injured, the pulp tissue dies. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain, swelling and loss of the supporting bone. Root canal treatment removes the injured pulp of your tooth and fills and seals the space. Afterward the root canal treatment, you may have a crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect or cosmetically enhance it. Your tooth is then restored and can function just like any other tooth for the rest of your life, ensuring comfortable chewing and a natural appearance.

Please note that it is not always possible to offer root canal treatment, at Vicars Cross Dental we will assess your tooth for suitability before carrying out root canal treatment and will discuss all treatment options with you, including referral to an endodontic specialist, who has had specialised training and experience in root canal treatment.

Call us on 01244 351755, or click here for Appointments. With some basic contact details and an indication of your preferred days and times, our receptionist will be happy to arrange an appointment for you.

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