Root Fillings

.  Teeth require root fillings because they are:

  • Abscessed
  • Fractured
  • Very heavily decayed
  • In need of a post crown

Things to remember:

Root fillings are very complex and intricate procedures.

The realistic chances of a root filling working are around the 75-80% mark

Some teeth are best treated by specially trained dentists called Endodontists.  Because of their extra training and special equipment they have higher success rates than General Dentists.

Some root fillings can be done in 1 visit, Others take more

It is usually advisable to have a crown on any back teeth that are root filled, because root filled teeth become brittle and prone to breakage.  It is however up to you to decide whether to have this further procedure.

It is not uncommon to have pain and discomfort after a root filling, and it can vary in severity dependent form one person to the next.

If you experience pain that occurs as soon as the numbess wears off, this pain is due to inflammation.  Inflammation is the pain you get when you bang your toe.  This is normally best controlled by pain killers, of which IBUPROFEN is the most affective.  PARACETAMOL is another pain killer of choice, as is ASPIRIN (you should only take pain killers if it is safe for you to do so, and never exceed the recommended dose).

If you experience pain that comes on after a few days, this is usually infection.  Infection is caused by bacteria, and is best dealt with either by antibiotics (or in some rare cases re-doing the root filling).  You will need to contact us so your dentist can look at your tooth.

If looked after root fillings have an acceptable life span, but you need to understand that it will not last for ever.  You will need to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, limit sugars from your diet and floss/use interdental brushes to keep the tooth and gums clean and healthy

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