Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is required when the blood or nerve supply at the centre of the tooth (the root canal system) has become infected. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the infection is highly likely to spread and the affected tooth or teeth may need to be extracted. Should infection spread through the root canal system, it can lead to abscesses, causing a great deal of discomfort.
During root canal (endodontic) treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection.
Our dentists can perform root canal treatment to stop the infection from spreading and will preserve as much of your tooth as possible. Using specific techniques and advanced equipment, you will receive a local anaesthetic and the treatment overall should feel no different to having an ordinary filling placed. The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle. The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled and a crown is often recommended. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure and most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits.
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