Root Canal Therapy
Root canal treatment (also called Endodontics) is needed when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected through tooth decay that is so deep that it causes damage to the nerve, or may it may be damaged by an injury to your mouth. The infection may spread through the root canal system, which could eventually lead to an abscess, causing extreme discomfort and sometimes swelling. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the tooth may need to be removed.
Using specific techniques and advanced equipment, you will receive a local anaesthetic and the treatment should feel no different to having an ordinary filling placed. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure and most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits.
The aim of the treatment is to stop the infection from spreading and to preserve as much of your tooth as possible. During the procedure, the nerve is removed and the infection in the root canal is cleaned and disinfected. A temporary filling will be placed and the tooth will be left to settle.
At the second visit the tooth is permanently filled if there is no sign of infection and a crown may be recommended.