What is root filling treatment?
The root within a tooth houses the root canal(s) (also called the dental pulp); this comprises tiny nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue.
Each tooth root can have more than one root canal with dental pulp, that initially functions to develop the tooth dentine and then serves to feed the tooth with nutrients and minerals for protection from decay and diseases.
Root filling treatment is a procedure to clean out pulp that is infected. The inner aspect of the tooth is then filled and sealed to protect it from injury, decay or disease.
Why would root filling treatment be suitable for me?
Anyone whose tooth is infected due to decay, disease or injury, or who has a discoloured tooth as a result of a dying tooth pulp may need root filling treatment.
The treatment is aimed at preventing the loss of the tooth (as this is often the only alternative), the spread of infection to adjacent structures via the root canals, the formation of abscesses and also to protect against gum disease.
Dr Williams can diagnose if you need root filling treatment and advise you further about the procedural techniques and costs of treatment. That said, most of our root canal treatments are performed by Dr Williams’ colleague, Dr Maurice Levi, who has a special interest in Endodontics, and has many years of experience in this field, and is able to carry out these procedures to the same standard as a Specialist Endodontist.