Root Canal Treatment
What is a root canal treatment?
This procedure involves the removal of the infected nerve and bacteria from the tooth. This is required when the nerve or blood supply of a tooth (termed the pulp) is infected through decay or injury
What does the root canal procedure involve?
During the procedure all infection is removed from the canal system. The canal is then cleaned and shaped to prevent any further infection. A temporary filling is then put in and the tooth left to settle.
The root canal filling is then completed at the next appointment. A permanent filling would also be required. In some cases a crown may also be required. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment can involve two or more visits.
What is the alternative?
The alternative is to have the tooth removed and replaced with a bridge, implant or denture to restore chewing function, aesthetics and prevent neighbouring teeth from shifting.