ROOT CANAL THERAPY
At Grey Street Dentist, we are all about retaining as many natural teeth as possible and this is where Root Canal Therapy (RCT) comes in. The nerve is what keeps the tooth happy and healthy so when this is damaged either by trauma or infection it can cause the tooth to die. Although this sounds a little alarming, it doesn’t mean it needs to be taken out. Most of the time, the tooth can be saved.
So what does Root Canal involve? Generally we do RCT over three visits. The first visit is to stop the pain and control the source of the infection. We locate the canal/s and place some medication inside. The second visit we clean and widen the nerve canals in preparation for the third visit which is where we fill the canals with an inert material where the nerve used to be. Generally on this visit we will place a permanent filling. Once the tooth is stable and the root canal has been successful we will recommend placing a crown or what some people call a cap. This will encase the tooth and give it strength.
What are the repercussions of losing a tooth if you decide against RCT?
- Movement, hyper eruption or inclination of other teeth
- Bone loss due to the lack of support that teeth provide
- Avoiding certain foods because of chewing problems
- Added stress on other teeth causing fractures and/or loss of fillings
- Periodontal problems
- Lack of cheek support, with face appearing gaunt
- Speech defects
- TMJ problems
- Anxiety and self-consciousness.
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