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What Happens During Root Canal Treatment In The City Of Leeds

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

1528196_blogIf you have an infected tooth, you may be advised to have root canal treatment, but what exactly is root canal therapy and what benefits does this procedure offer?

What is root canal treatment and what does the procedure involve?

Underneath the hard enamel layer of the tooth lies a section of the tooth called the dentine; the dentine contains the pulp tissue, which is the living tissue of the tooth. When an infection reaches the pulp tissue, which contains the blood vessels and nerves, blood supply to the tooth is reduced and the tooth gradually dies; the risk of further infection is also increased. Root canal treatment is a procedure, which is used to save a tooth when the pulp tissue has become infected; it is often the only alternative to extraction.

Many people are anxious about root canal treatment because they assume that it will be painful; however, we carry out treatment under local anaesthetic, so you won’t feel a thing and you can just relax. Once the tooth is numb, your dentist will drill into the tooth and removed decayed tissue from the root canals; once they are completely clear of decayed pulp tissue, your dentist will then clean them and fill them using dental material called gutta percha. The root canals will then be sealed off; this helps to prevent bacteria from spreading to other parts of the tooth. After root canal treatment, we usually recommend placing a new crown, as this helps to make the tooth stronger and also makes it look more attractive.

What are the benefits of root canal treatment?

At City Dental Leeds we do our best to keep the teeth intact and healthy and root canal treatment is a procedure we use to eliminate infection and reduces the chances of a tooth being lost. In most cases, root canal treatment is a really effective and beneficial alternative to tooth extraction. Treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic so you don’t need to worry about pain and the end result is a strong, infection-free tooth.

Coping with a Hopeless Tooth in Leeds

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

When is a tooth not a tooth? When it’s hopeless! This is the name attached to any tooth in Leeds that is on the endangered list and it would have been put out of its misery years ago and pulled. This is probably why many people were wearing dentures by the time they reached the age of fifty. But thankfully that philosophy of removing a tooth at the merest sign of a problem has also been pulled. Nowadays, dentistry is all about saving teeth and there are many specialist fields in the business designed to do just that. The bottom line at looking at a hopeless tooth is to see if there is the support from the bone below and what can be done to restore it. It may take bone grafting, even gum grafting, but specialists will go out their way until the bitter end to save the tooth. Another perfect example of this passion for the life of a tooth can be found in the field of endodontics: this is the study of the inside of a tooth and you may be more familiar with root canal treatment. This is where anything inside the tooth that is rotten is removed and the tooth filled- again, to save a hopeless tooth (fillings do the same thing). Of course, you can’t push back the inevitable for ever, and especially in old people: if the level of periodontal decay is at critical, age will prevent any chance of growth in a graft and sadly to say, the situation will become, well, hopeless.