Endodontics (Root Fillings)
Have you ever felt a dull pain in one of your teeth or a shock to the tooth while biting or eating? Or have you been playing a contact sport and accidentally got hit in the mouth? There's a chance that your tooth may have suffered some trauma as a result. If you don't address the trauma soon, it could worsen and spell trouble for your tooth. At Pickup Bagshaw Dental in Launceston, a root filling may be a viable solution. Read along for more information below.
First, let's take a look at the layers of the tooth. By understanding these layers, our patients can understand the extent of the damage to their tooth, if any.
Now that you've seen the different layers of the tooth that can become damaged, we want to turn your attention to different ways that a tooth can be traumatized. While teeth are one of the hardest substances in the body, they can still be damaged or abused. Take a look at the list below:
Root fillings, also known as root canals, are done when the trauma has reached the deeper layers of the tooth, but the tooth itself is still salvageable. Dr Pickup, Dr Bagshaw or Dr. Thomas will scrape out the debris from trauma or the diseased tissues from the tooth and fill the canal with a tooth-coloured composite substance. This material will prevent further damage from tooth decay, and fill in the trauma from physical injuries.
If you don't address your injuries or cavities as soon as possible, it's possible that the damage to your tooth (or teeth) could become worse. Should that happen, a root canal may not be enough to save your tooth.
If the damage could affect the surrounding teeth, we may recommend having the tooth removed entirely. We offer a variety of tooth replacement options, from dentures to dental bridges and dental implants. Each one has its own advantages and we encourage you to explore this site to learn more about them.
At Pickup Bagshaw Dental, our goal is to preserve and protect our patient's teeth. Your natural teeth are our first priority, so consult with us to see if a root filling can potentially save your damaged tooth. Dr Pickup, Dr Bagshaw or Dr. Thomas are available for no-obligation consultations, where you can uncover your candidacy for this treatment for your smile.
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