There's no need to be worried if your dentist or endodontist prescribes a root canal procedure to treat a damaged or diseased tooth. Millions of teeth are treated and saved this way each year, relieving pain and making teeth healthy again.
Inside your tooth, beneath the white enamel and a hard layer called dentin, is a soft tissue called pulp. This tissue contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, which help grow the root of your tooth during its development. A fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
Modern endodontic treatment is nothing like those old sayings! It's very similar to a routine filling and can usually be completed in one or two appointments, depending upon the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. Getting a root canal is relatively painless and extremely effective. You'll be back to smiling, biting and chewing with ease in no time.
Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:
Broken teeth are a common dental emergency. We offer emergency dentist appointments to all patients and will try to see you on the same day whenever possible. If you have broken a tooth please contact our reception team immediately and we will book you in for an appointment as soon as possible.
Teeth can be broken through accidents and injuries, including from trips and falls and from playing contact sports without a mouth guard. They may also break when biting hard food such as nuts if they have previously been weakened, or through biting things other than food, which is never a good idea.
We offer several solutions for broken teeth. The best treatment for you will depend on your individual circumstances, with factors including how much of the tooth has been broken off, where it is in the mouth and what the overall condition of your tooth is all being taken into account.
If your tooth has been weakened by decay this will need to be treated before your tooth can be permanently repaired. Here are some of the treatment options we offer for broken teeth.
Crowns are caps that are placed on the top of a tooth to give it added strength. Under local anaesthetic, your tooth will be prepared and shaped to receive the crown, which is then attached with strong dental adhesive, creating a tough biting and chewing surface. You will need two appointments to have a crown fitted as they are custom-made to fit your tooth exactly. You may be fitted with a temporary crown between appointments.
White or tooth-coloured fillings are made of a strong composite resin material that is closely matched to the natural colour of your teeth. As well as being used like standard fillings, the composite material can also be used to repair broken teeth. This will only require one appointment.
If you have a small chip on your front teeth, your dentist may recommend dental bonding. Using a tooth-coloured composite, dental bonding will repair your tooth and will match in colour as closely as possible to your natural teeth.
Your dentist will apply a gel to the affected tooth, followed by an adhesive and the bonding material. This material is then shaped to look like a natural tooth and hardened using ultraviolet light. This procedure can also commonly be done in a single visit.
When a front tooth is chipped, dental veneers are often used to disguise the damage effectively. Veneers are thin slivers of porcelain placed over the front surface of the teeth. They are similar in concept to false fingernails. Veneers are usually used on the front teeth and can disguise small chips and cracks effectively.
In most cases, you will need two to three appointments to have veneers fitted. Your dentist will prepare your tooth by removing a small amount of enamel, and will take impressions of your tooth, which are sent to the laboratory for your veneers to be made. Once your veneer is ready, your dentist will use a special bonding material to fit the veneer to your tooth.