Root canal treatment is also called endodontics. It is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth, known as the pulp, becomes infected either through decay or injury.
Once the pulp becomes infected it can spread through the root canal system of the tooth and can lead to an abscess forming. Root canal treatment can stop the infection from spreading and save the tooth which otherwise might need to be taken out.
We use advanced local anaesthetics to prevent any discomfort. Our Endodontic specialist has years of experience to provide comfortable dental treatment without pain.
The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection and save the tooth. This is achieved by filling the canal system to stop bacteria from re-colonizing inside the tooth. The procedure requires skill in the field of endodontics and takes more time than a normal filling. It usually involves two visits.
X-rays are taken and the infected pulp is removed. Any abscesses which are present can also be drained during the procedure. The number of root canals to be filled depends on the location of the tooth and the number of roots. The root canals once cleaned are shaped ready for the filling.
The latest techniques mean that there is less chance of the tooth darkening as in the past and if there is any discolouration treatments are available to restore the natural look of the tooth.
Most root canal treatments have a 90 per cent success rate but if the infection returns then the treatment will have to be repeated.
The latest research indicates that a molar tooth, one of the larger teeth, will benefit from a crown as its acts as a seal to further protect the tooth. If you decide to go ahead with a crown it is recommended that it is placed as soon as possible after the root canal treatment.