In most situations, we can place white fillings to restore your teeth. Not only are the latest materials very strong but they also look good too.
Metal (Amalgam) Fillings
In certain situations, metal fillings are still the material of choice to restore teeth. These include very large cavities that touch the gumline.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure to treat infection at the centre
of a tooth (the root canal system). Root canal treatment is also called
endodontics. The infection is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and
invade the tooth when:
- tooth decay occurs
- fillings leak
- teeth are damaged by trauma, such as a fall
The root canal system contains the dental pulp and extends from the crown of
the tooth to the end of the root. A single tooth can have more than one root
The pulp is made up of soft tissue that includes nerves and blood vessels. If
bacteria infect the pulp, it will begin to die. After this, the bacteria can
increase in number. The bacteria and the substances they release will eventually
pass out of the end of the root canal through the small hole where the blood
vessels and nerves enter.
This process continues as there is nothing to stop more bacteria passing down
the root canal, which causes the tissues around the end of the tooth to become
red and swollen. This can cause your tooth to become painful and, in extreme
circumstances, your face may become swollen
To treat the infection in the root canal, the bacteria need to be removed.
This can be achieved by:
- removing the tooth (extraction)
- attempting to save the tooth by removing the bacteria from the root canal
system (root canal treatment)
In root canal treatment, the bacteria are removed from inside the root canal
system, the root canal is filled and the tooth is sealed with a filling or
crown. In most cases, the inflamed tissue at the end of the tooth will heal
Root canal treatment should not be painful because local anaesthetic is usually used. The procedure is usually very successful and should be no more unpleasant than having a filling. In
about 9 out of 10 cases, a tooth can survive for up to 10 years
after root canal treatment.
Dentures are a simple and economical way to replace missing teeth. We offer a comprehensive range of conventional acrylic dentures up to stronger cobalt chrome frameworks and valplast dentures.
Valplast dentures are made from a flexible acrylic and most people who have tried valplast agree the denture is much lighter, tighter and more comfortable.
Ask your dentist for more details