152 High Street, Lee on the Solent, Hampshire PO13 9DD - 023 92 554485

GENERAL DENTISTRY

Filling

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Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.

A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.

Endodontic Treatments

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ROOT CANAL THERAPY

This is the non-surgical endodontic procedure carried out to try and save fully formed permanent tooth form extraction, once it has suffered irreversible pulpitis.

The aim of the treatment is to remove all of the pulpal tissue from the pulp chamber and root canal and replace it with a sterile root filling material. This must be placed to fully seal the whole root canal system and prevent ant contamination from causing a recurrent infection at the root apex.

*Before and after RCT X-ray needs to be added

Postoperative Instruction

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POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Usually Root Canal Therapy takes 2 appointments to complete.
  • Since anesthetic has been used, parts of your mouth may be numb for several hours after the appointment.

•Avoid chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has worn off.
• Between appointments, a temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth. It is common (and not a problem) for a small portion of your temporary filling to wear away or break off. If the entire filling falls out, please call our office and set up a time to come in and have it replaced.
• It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal procedure. To control discomfort, take any pain medication prescribed by the dentist as recommended. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them as directed, even if all signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Taking ibuprofen before the numbness wears off can greatly reduce post-operative pain.
• To protect the tooth and keep the temporary filling in place, avoid eating hard or sticky food (such as gum), and try to chew on the other side of your mouth. Continue to brush and floss normally.
• Usually, the last step in a root canal is the placement of a crown or permanent filling in the tooth. A crown will protect the tooth from breaking in the future.
• If you have signs of swelling or increasing pain, or if you have any further questions or concerns, please contact our office.