Endodontics (Root Fillings)

Get Your Endodontics or Root Fillings Taken Care of at Our Launceston, TAS Dental Clinic!

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.

Layers of the Tooth

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.

  • Enamel - This top-most layer is the white substance that encapsulates the whole tooth. It's also the first layer of defense, but is susceptible to wear and tear.
  • Dentin - This hard, mineralized layer is the thickest layer and protects the sensitive core of the tooth: the pulp.
  • Pulp - This is where sensitive nerve endings and blood vessels reside. If decay or trauma reaches this point, it can cause pain, a shocking sensation, and more.
  • Cementum - This substance is what secures the tooth to the jaw. I's possible for the tooth to become dislodged as a result of decay or physical trauma.

Types of Tooth Trauma

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:

  • Tooth Decay (a.k.a. Cavities/Caries) - Tooth decay is one of the chief reasons that patients seek out root canal fillings. This bacterial decay can easily eat through the enamel and down to the most sensitive layers of your teeth if not treated properly in time.
  • Physical Trauma - If you've ever fallen or collided with a hard object and cracked or broken your tooth, it's possible for the damage to affect the innermost layers of the tooth (like the pulp). If you don't address the damage quickly, the tooth won't heal.
  • Orthodontic Damage -The only way that braces can cause tooth damage is if improper cleaning or physical damage occurs. Neglecting to clean the nooks and crannies of your braces can result in loss of minerals, accumulation of bacteria, and eventually tooth decay or gum disease; both of which are attributed to tooth trauma.

How Root Fillings Work

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, Dr Hong 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.

What Happens If I Don't Get a Root Filling?

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.

Call on Pickup Bagshaw Dental to See if You Qualify for Root Fillings!

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, Dr Hong or Dr. Thomas are available for no-obligation consultations, where you can uncover your candidacy for this treatment for your smile.