Root canal treatment is often dreaded by patients, but it is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, it is necessary in order to save your tooth if it gets infected.
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, becomes necessary when the pulp or nerve at the centre of a tooth becomes infected, either through tooth decay or through an accident or injury that allows bacteria to get into the centre of your tooth.
This infection can spread through the root canal system at the base of your tooth, causing extreme tooth ache and sometimes leading to the formation of a painful dental abscess. If you do not have root canal treatment, your tooth may have to be extracted.
Your dentist will remove all traces of infection from your tooth and will used special equipment and techniques to clean the root canal. This is usually done under local anaesthetic and should feel no different to having a regular filling, although your appointment will be longer because root canal treatment is a skilled and delicate procedure. The front teeth tend to have one root and one root canal, whilst the back teeth may have multiple root canals.
Once your dentist has cleared the root canal system of infection, and treated a dental abscess if one is present, they will put a temporary filling in place and leave the tooth to settle. This is to ensure that all traces of infection have been cleared. You will then be called back for a second appointment at which your dentist will check the infection has gone before permanently filling your tooth.
In many cases we will fit a crown to the top of a root-treated tooth to give it extra strength. We use the latest equipment and techniques to carry out root canal treatment. Particularly complex cases may be referred to a specialist endodontist.Call us now to book your appointment