Blackheath Root canal treatment is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the centre of a tooth (the root canal system). It’s also known as ‘endodontics’.
The infection is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth. This can happen after:
Damage to teeth as a result of trauma, such as a fall
A tooth is made up of two parts. The crown is the part of the tooth that’s visible in the mouth. The root extends into the bone of the jaw, anchoring the tooth in position.
Teeth also consist of:
enamel – the hard outer coating
dentine – a softer material that supports the enamel and forms most of the tooth
cementum – a hard material that coats the root’s surface
dental pulp – the soft tissue at the centre of the tooth
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 canal.
It’s important to look after your teeth when recovering from root canal treatment. Avoid biting on hard foods until all of your treatment is complete.
In most cases, it’s possible to prevent the need for further root canal treatment by:
Maintaining good oral hygiene
Not consuming too much sugary food
Giving up smoking (if you smoke)