Root canal treatment (endodontic treatment) is a procedure involving the replacement of a tooth’s damaged or infected pulp (nerve) with a filling.
There are many reasons that can lead to disease or damage to dental pulp. Some of these include:
Root canal treatment is carried out when a tooth dies, or is infected. Often this forms an abscess that can be painful, while at times the problem can remain asymptomatic for many years.
During root canal treatment, the dentist will medicate and clean out decay, pus and bacteria within the root canal which is flushed and removed under anaesthetic. This procedure may be repeated several visits until the tooth is free of bacteria. The infection free root canal is then sealed with filling material. In back teeth where there is a considerable loss of tooth structure a dental crown may be required to reinforce the tooth.
If the tooth pulp is left untreated the infection may spread which can cause painful abscess, facial swelling, localised bone loss and ultimately loss of the tooth.
The success rate of root canals are about 90-95%.
If you experience a sore tooth or have tooth sensitivity don’t leave it too late as it is important that you contact us immediately so that we can assess and treat that tooth to avoid further complications.