Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Therapy is a relatively painless and highly effective treatment. When a tooth becomes infected the only way to permanently remove the infection is by either removing the tooth or treating it with root canal therapy.
This is usually completed within 2 appointments depending on your individual circumstances.
The procedure itself is very similar to a routine filling.
Inside your tooth, below the enamel and dentin is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, connective tissues and nerves which help grow the root of your tooth during development. When decay enters the pulp the tooth can become infected and the blood supply and vitality of the tooth becomes compromised. Infection and inflammation of the pulp can present with symptoms such as swelling of the gum and/or face and can cause a toothache/pain.
The root canal treatment is then used to medicate the inside of the pulp and tooth to remove infection and then clean and seal the roots with a material called gutta percha.
Once a root canal treatment has been completed the placement of a filling restoration or crown is placed to support the function of the tooth.