Root Canal Therapy
Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected through tooth decay or damaged by an injury to your mouth. This infection may spread through the root canal system and could eventually lead to an abscess, causing a great deal of discomfort. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the tooth may need to be taken out. Root canal therapy involves the following:
First, local anaesthetic will be administered to ensure no discomfort is felt during treatment
The tooth will be prepared, allowing access to the root canal system
The root canal system will be thoroughly cleaned out to remove all infection and pulp
The root canal system is then filled and sealed and a decision on the final restoration (either filling or crown) is made.
Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure and some courses of treatment can involve two or more visits.
The benefits of having the treatment include:
- Preservation of the remaining healthy tooth structure
- Prevention of infection spreading any further
- Restoration of the tooth to its natural look and feel.