For teeth with large fillings, deep decay or those that are traumatised the nerve can die which in turn can lead to a toothache or even an abscess.
In such instances, as an alternative to removing the tooth we will recommend a root filling or root canal therapy as it is also known. This involves cleaning out the inside root space of the tooth and filling it with a rubber like material called gutta percha.
The procedure can be technically demanding and take one or two long appointments, but the end result of a tooth present in the mouth is preferable to a gap.
Due to the inherent weakening of a root filled tooth we often recommend that such teeth are subsequently crowned in order to help protect the remaining tooth structure.