Root Canal Therapy

Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through tooth decay or injury. Our dentists use specific techniques and equipment to make you feel as comfortable as possible during this procedure.

Why would I need root canal treatment?
If the pulp of your tooth becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system, which may eventually lead to an abscess. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.

Why is root canal treatment needed?
If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth.

This may eventually lead to an abscess. If root canal treatment (RCT) is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.

Does it hurt?
No. A local anaesthetic is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done.

What does it involve?
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. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure and most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits.

At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. Any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. 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.

To keep your mouth in tip top shape we recommend you come in for regular hygiene appointments and dental check ups. Call us today to book your appointment