This post is all about endodontics – my area of interest within dentistry. The examples show we can use pre – endodontic build ups to restore very damaged teeth.
The importance of the pre-endodontic build up is that it allows us to isolate the tooth fully from the rest of the mouth whilst we complete the root filling. Without the build up and isolation we do not stand a chance of success in the long term. If often takes a whole session of treatment to remove all of the decay from the tooth and build it up. This visit is best seen as an investigation visit to assess the viability of the tooth as a long term option. If I cannot build it up and isolate then I cannot place a root canal filling and extraction is a better treatment option. If this is the case then it is much better to find this out at the first, investigation, visit rather than a few months later after further expensive work has been carried out.
This sort of work often takes three or more visits, each of at least an hour. The time and costs to restore the tooth need to be balanced against other treatment options but it is generally accepted that if we can restore a tooth with a good degree of predictability then we should as this leaves all other options available in the future but delays the loss of the tooth for as long as possible.
As ever if you would like to know if we can help you with your dental concerns then please do not hesitate to call the surgery on 01580 752202 and we will be happy to arrange a consultation for you.