Root Canals Blackheath

Root Canals Blackheath 2019-01-18T12:02:24+00:00

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:

  • Tooth decay

  • Leaky fillings

  • Damage to teeth as a result of trauma, such as a fall

Tooth structure
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)