Root Canal Treatments Save Severely Damaged Teeth

Vilafortuny practices painless endodontic care to preserve decayed teeth and alleviate pain

Do you think you’re in need of a root canal treatment? If so, you’re not alone.

“Millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with these treatments. Root canal treatments become necessary when tooth decay is deep enough to reach into the nerve of the teeth, which may result in severe pain and abscesses,” explains Dr Kathrin Trelles, a leading Dubai-based implantologist cosmetic laser dentist.

“But all is not lost – this damage can be repaired by removing the diseased nerve and replacing it with a rubber filling. This procedure is painless and can save the tooth in question, preventing the need for its removal and replacement,” she says. Dr Trelles is also founder of the state-of-the-art dentistry, plastic and aesthetic laser surgery clinic Vilafortuny.

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Root canal treatments may require two or more appointments. As part of the treatment, a large hole is made in the tooth to allow the dentist access to the root canal, which often renders the tooth weak and brittle. In most cases, these teeth are restored with a crown or an on-lay because these restorations are stronger than standard fillings and protect the root-filled teeth from fracturing from chewing and biting forces.

Dr Trelles further adds on the supplementary aspects of the root canal treatment: “Root-filled teeth also often darken after treatment. With modern techniques in place, however, there are several treatments available to restore the natural appearance of a discoloured tooth. Such treatments include whitening via a whitening gel or masking the discolouration with a porcelain veneer or crown.”