Over the last few years this field of dentistry has undergone an immense amount of change and development. We have invested heavily in equipment, materials and know how to keep abreast of these improvements.

Root filling is performed primarily where there has been loss of vitality of the pulp of the tooth, leading to abscess formation. Left untreated abscesses may (and often do), result in swelling, pain and eventually tooth loss.

Root filling is the process by which we remove the pulp of the tooth, (the fleshy centre of the tooth) and the pulp tissue extending down inside the root canals of the tooth. After thorough cleaning the void is filled with a thermoplastic material, and seal achieved to prevent re-infection of the tissues surrounding the root apex (root tip). The fact the filling material now occupies the root as well as the crown of the tooth, gives the procedure its name “Root Filling”.

The process is time consuming, as the root canals have to be made scrupulously clean prior to root filling. This is especially true when dealing with posterior teeth (back teeth) which tend to have multiple roots to be filled, and where access may be restricted, making the work of the dentist a little harder, and therefore slower.

Once a tooth has been successfully root filled, it will need to be restored, this may be by means of a conventional amalgam filling, gold filling, white filling, or crown. It must be noted that white filling in back teeth are only available privately, and are not funded by the NHS.