Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is a procedure that treats a dead or dying tooth so that it doesn’t need to be extracted. If prompt dental action is not taken with a decayed tooth then abscesses will start forming in the affected tooth, causing severe pain, swelling and infected gums and jaws. The only other option to treat this condition apart from root canal treatment is to remove the tooth.
How does it work?
During the root canal procedure the dead nerve, pulp and blood is removed from the tooth by making a small opening with the use of a drill. The tooth is then cleaned and sterilised and finally the canal is sealed with a sealant material or more usually a crown. Even though there are many who would simply get rid of the ailing tooth, dentists recommend that you retain as many natural teeth as possible.
Does it hurt?
Root canal treatment had a reputation for being very painful in the past. However, due to the advancements of technology and anaesthetics today, O’Connor Moore Dental Practice is able to complete this procedure with no discomfort for the patient.
Preventing tooth infections
There are many severe health conditions that can arise due to tooth cavity and the damage caused can affect both the enamel and the interior of the tooth. While dentists use many different kinds of restorative measures, most conditions may just require a simple white (Tooth coloured) dental filling to seal the cavity. Once the filling is in place it prevents the development of infections and the interior of the tooth is restored.
Our dentists can safely replace silver amalgam fillings with white tooth coloured fillings.
Wisdom teeth are not a big deal for many, but can be a lot of trouble for others. If everything goes well the tooth will come out nice and strong, but in some cases it may erupt crooked or be partially erupted. If a crooked tooth starts to affect the rest of the teeth or the partially erupted tooth becomes infected, then oral surgery will be required to take the tooth out.
Broken Teeth, Decayed Teeth & Damaged Teeth
The process of removing the tooth from the bone socket is called tooth extraction. When the tooth is broken, decayed or damaged by accident, the dentist will try various options to fix and restore the tooth, such as crowning or filling the tooth. However, in some cases due to the extent of the damage, these methods are not effective, which leaves extraction as the only option. This is the last resort for dentists at O’Connor Moore Dental Practice and we will do all we can to save your natural tooth.
There are two major kinds of extractions; one is the simple extraction and the other is the surgical extraction.
Simple tooth extraction
Simple extractions are used when the tooth is easily visible in the mouth. During this procedure the patient is given local anaesthetic and the dentist uses a pair of forceps to firmly hold the tooth that has been damaged. The tooth is then moved forward and backward until it becomes loose and is then gently removed.
Surgical tooth extraction
When the damaged tooth is not easily visible, surgical extraction may be needed. If the tooth is partially broken or has partially erupted, then this procedure will be used. the surgeon removes part of the gum in order to access the part of the tooth to be removed and opens them to extract the part of tooth remaining inside.