The Root Cannel Filling

A trip to a dental can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be so. Among many incapable, there are some who really excel in their jobs, just as in any field. One place I can trust to be good is the Primrose Dental. Thats where mum wanted to get her root-cannel-filling done for one of her tooth.

While we asked for Dr. Prasad Amarathunga, as for my understanding the proprietor of the facility, a former dean of the Faculty of Dental Science - University of Peradeniya, we were given Dr. Wimalarathne. He is a good dentist.

We were told that the root cannel filling would take 5 day. Additionally if we wanted to put up a crown we will need to have 2 more days. Since we are from Colombo, he said he will try to finish the root cannel filling in 3 days.

In practice, it took a little longer. We had to come 4 days to complete the root cannel filling.

The root cannel filling involves drilling through the roots to destroy it. This is done under anesthesia so it doesn’t hurt. Then metal shafts are added and x-rays used to determine if the whole root has been cleared of the nerve. Then it is filled up and finally a permanent filling placed.

Since the root has been destroyed, the tooth will loose strength. This makes it fragile and may break off in the future. To avoid this, we can use a crown. The crown will cover the tooth protecting it from what you bite.

To facilitate the crow, the tooth is cleared all around reducing it to a stem. Then a temporary crown will be placed to protect the tooth until the permanent crown is prepared.

We will be going in one weeks time and hopefully it will be the last.

It is a pain to keep the mouth open for so long for so many days. But a tooth is important.

The whole process would have cost us about Rs. 35,000 ~ 40,000.