This is the treatment required when there is an infected or inflamed pulp (nerve and blood supply) of the tooth. There are many reasons for a tooth’s pulp to become infected or inflamed, including a large cavity, trauma, and developmental defects. The principal function of a root canal treatment is to allow the tooth to remain in the mouth without pain or infection. Root canals are performed with local anesthesia followed by the cleaning and disinfecting of the tooth pulp chamber.
Crowns (caps) are used to cover an entire tooth. Crowns can be for functional or esthetic purposes (or both). A heavily restored tooth or a tooth with a root canal is more likely to break than a tooth with a small or no filling. Covering the tooth completely prevents it from breaking during regular biting and chewing. To place a crown, the tooth has to first be reduced in size to make room for the crown material. A mould this then taken and is sent to a dental lab that will make a crown that is custom fabricated for your tooth. Crowns can be all gold, porcelain with a metal substructure or all porcelain.
Endodontic Treatment (Root Canals)
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your front teeth we can improve them through placement of one or more crowns or veneers. Veneers are a thin shell of porcelain that is cemented on the front surface of the tooth. Veneers are used when the tooth that is being treated is in good shape and does not have any large fillings.