If the inner part of the tooth, the pulp, becomes infected, we may have to remove the affected tissue to stop the tooth from being extracted. This infection may have been caused by decay, a damaged filling, tooth wear or trauma. If symptoms are present, they may include pain, sensitivity, discolouration, gum tenderness or swelling.
We remove the infected pulp under local anaesthetic. After cleaning, we shape the root canals and flush with an anti-bacterial solution. We fill and seal the canals and then restore the tooth’s shape and function with a permanent onlay or a crown.
We always prefer to preserve a natural tooth as missing teeth can lead to bone loss and chewing problems. It can also be costly to replace a lost tooth.