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3 Ways Advance Dental Clinic Can Repair a Broken Tooth

If you’ve got a broken tooth, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We have a range of techniques and treatments we can use to patch you up and put a smile back on your face. Here are 3 ways we can repair a broken tooth:

  1. Crown: if your tooth is broken, we may recommend placing a crown over the top of the existing tooth structure. A crown is a restoration, which is designed to strengthen an infected, decayed or damaged tooth. Crowns can be made from various materials, but most patients prefer to opt for ceramic crowns, as they produce very natural and lifelike results. We can fit same-day crowns using Cerec or place a temporary crown, which can be replaced with a bespoke crown a couple of weeks later.
  2. Cosmetic bonding: cosmetic bonding is a very effective and versatile aesthetic treatment, which can be used to build up tooth surfaces that have been worn and repair chipped and broken teeth. In this case, your dentist will use composite material to repair the tooth. Composite is tooth-coloured and at room temperature, it has a putty-like consistency. Once the composite material has been applied to the tooth, it is set using a specific curing light. This treatment is quick and painless.
  3. Root canal treatment: if the tooth is badly broken and the nerves are exposed, root canal treatment may be recommended. Root canal therapy is a procedure used to treat and prevent infection when the pulp tissue, the living part of the tooth, is at risk. This procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic and it is often followed by placing a new crown on the tooth.

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Why You Might Need Root Canal Treatment

If your tooth has become damaged internally then you may need root canal treatment to restore its health and functionality.  Teeth are in fact hollow and inside they contain vital nerves, arteries, veins and tissues.  The hollows inside of teeth are called pulp chambers and if there is a problem there, the best way to enter is through the root canals that carry the nerves into the tooth.

The inside of your tooth can become damaged as a result of a severe accident to the mouth or because of extreme tooth decay.  Root canal treatment might be necessary if the pulp tissue has become infected and an abscess is forming. Symptoms of this include aching in your teeth that won’t go away, tender or swollen gums or a tooth that has become noticeably darker than the rest. If you experience any of these things you should report them to your dentist as you may have a problem with your pulp chamber and require root canal treatment.

How can root canal treatment help?

The aim of root canal treatment is to drill into the tooth, remove the pulp from the chamber and then disinfect it. This will require X-rays and local anaesthetic.  The tooth will be sealed up with a temporary filling and your dentist will monitor it to check that infection has not returned and the root canals remain free of debris.  A permanent filling will be fitted once your Chelmsford dentist is satisfied that the pulp chamber and root canals are healthy.

Understanding Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is a commonly performed dental procedure that can help to save the day if you have a damaged or infected tooth. This treatment is often the only alternative to removing a tooth once an infection has reached the the pulp (the tooth’s living tissue). The process involves removing the decayed pulp tissue and clearing, cleaning and filling the root canals. Although root canal treatment is often a procedure that provokes feelings of dread and anxiety, it is carried out under local anaesthetic, so you should feel completely comfortable during treatment.

The root canal procedure 

Root canal treatment may be called into action when the pulp tissue of the tooth is damaged or infected. This area of the tooth contains the blood vessels and nerves and when blood flow to the tooth is reduced, the tooth starts to die. Without root canal treatment, the tooth would almost certainly have to be extracted.

After treatment, your dentist may recommend crowning the tooth. This involves placing a dental crown or cap over the tooth. A crown will help to stabilise and strengthen the tooth, reducing the risk of any further problems in the future. If you do have a new crown, a temporary crown will be fitted after root canal treatment and this will be replaced with a permanent crown around two weeks later. It may be possible to have same-day treatment with CEREC. Ask your dentist for more details.

Treatment is performed under anaesthetic and the dentist will numb your tooth before starting the procedure, so you shouldn’t feel any pain at all. Once your tooth is completely numb, your dentist will use a dental drill to access the root canals and start to remove the decayed tissue. Your tooth will be cleaned thoroughly to ensure any harmful bacteria are removed and the dentist will then fill the root canals with a material called gutta percha and seal them. This helps to prevent any leftover bacteria from spreading to other parts of the tooth.

Treatment for Tooth Infections

Root canal treatment is a common treatment for infected teeth. Often, it is used as a means of saving a tooth that may otherwise have to be extracted.

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a procedure used to remove decayed tissue from the root canals of the tooth. The main aim of treatment is to prevent infection from spreading further. In many cases, root canal treatment is used to save an infected tooth. Without it, the tooth would become so severely damaged that there would be no choice but to remove it.

Why would I need root canal treatment?

If your tooth is infected and the infection has reached the pulp chamber (the area of the tooth that contains the living tissue, such as the nerves and blood vessels), you may be advised to have root canal treatment. Once the pulp is infected, the tooth starts to die and root canal treatment is a means of preventing this.

When the pulp tissue is infected and the blood supply to the tooth is cut off, the risk of developing abscesses is increased. These are very painful, so it is best to treat the tooth as quickly as possible.

What does root canal treatment involve?

Root canal treatment is usually carried out under local anaesthetic, which means that the tooth is numbed prior to treatment so that you do not experience any pain. Once your tooth is numb, your dentist will drill into the tooth to access the root canals. They will then remove all the decayed and damaged pulp tissue before cleaning the root canals and sealing them.

It is common to have a new crown placed after root canal treatment. This helps to strengthen the tooth and it usually improves the aesthetic of the tooth as well.

Is root canal treatment painful?

Even the words ‘root canal treatment’ are enough to fill some patients with dread, but we use local anaesthetic to numb your tooth and make you feel as comfortable as possible during and after treatment.  Contact the team of dentists in Essex for more help and information.