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Root canal treatment

What is root canal treatment?

Modern root canal procedures provide an excellent way of saving a tooth which, in the past, would have had to be extracted.

Root canal treatment (endodontics) is necessary to remove infections - usually caused by tooth decay or injury - within the root canal system of the tooth. If the infection is not removed, it can cause an abscess, which can be extremely painful, and damage the bone around the tooth. Without treatment, the tooth is likely to have to be removed, and the patient will need to replace it with dentures, bridgework or a dental implant.

Explanation of animation: A filled or decayed tooth with an abscess. The filling is removed to access the cavity. The root canals are reamed to remove the tooth nerves. Gutta-perchas are inserted to fill the root. These are then cut-off, sealed and the tooth filled. The abscess will reduce. A crown may be necessary later.

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Root canal treatment at our practice

At Antley Villa Dental Practice in Accrington our dentists have completed postgraduate training in root canal treatment. They have the patience and high attention to detail that is necessary to carry out this very intricate treatment.

This page was last updated on 04 of February 2016