Root Canal Treatments

Root canal treatment aims to save a tooth that has been badly damaged due to decay, disease or injury. Without root canal treatment, a badly diseased tooth will have to be extracted to prevent ongoing infection and pain.

In a root canal treatment, the nerve (pulp) of the tooth is removed and the infected tissue within the tooth is cleaned out. A special antibacterial dressing is put into the root canals and the bulk of the tooth is replaced with a filling.

The entire procedure is performed under anaesthetic so there is very limited discomfort.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns are caps that are fitted over the entire tooth to protect it from being damaged. A tooth may need a crown for various reasons, including chipped and cracked teeth, after a root canal treatment, heavily filled (thus weakened) teeth, and for aesthetics.

A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. It involves creating crowns for the teeth on both sides of the missing tooth, with an artificial tooth in between.

Crowns and bridges can be made from a range of materials and depending on the tooth and your needs, we can advise you of the most suitable options. To make a crown or bridge, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth that are sent to a local dental laboratory where they make the crown or bridge. When it comes back from the lab (approximately two weeks later) the dentist will check for the fit and make any necessary adjustments before cementing it in.