Root Canal Treatments

A routine but necessary procedure when the nerve supply (also known as the pulp) to the tooth is infected – either through decay or trauma.

The treatment is carried out in order to remove all infection from the root canal of the tooth. The canal is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time consuming procedure and might take two or more visits to complete.

If left untreated an infected nerve supply can lead to the formation of an abscess and even in extreme cases, the need to remove the tooth.

Root treated teeth, having lost their blood supply, often tend to become brittle and are more susceptible to breaking. At Westgate Dental we believe in crowning root treated teeth, sooner rather than later. It’s important when crowning a tooth to have as much tooth structure to use as possible and we are often not able to crown a tooth that has fractured and does not have much structure remaining, in which case the tooth would need to be extracted and replaced with an implant or alternative prosthesis.

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