Root canal treatment (also known as endodontic treatment) is necessary when the inside of the tooth (pulp) and surrounding area becomes infected. This can be as a result of cracking, decay or injury. Root canal treatments can save a tooth that is badly damaged or decayed. The treatment involves the pulp of the tooth being removed and the cavity sealed. Consequently, the tooth is restored.
An incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue. The damaged tissue is removed along with the end of the root tip. A root-end filling is placed to prevent reinfection of the root and the gum is sutured. The bone naturally heals around the root over a period of months restoring full function.
Not everyone is comfortable with full plastic dentures. The fit at best can only be as good as the shape of the gums. If there is insufficient gums there will be inadequate grip. The easiest way to better this, is to place dental implants to snap or fit the dentures onto two or four or six dental implants. We will assess and advise you what will work for you.