Root Canal Treatment
What is a root canal treatment?
A root canal treatment is one of the most common dental procedures performed. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.
This multistep procedure involves removal of the pulp (blood and nerve supply of the tooth) followed by cleaning the inside of the tooth and sealing it with a root canal filling material. It normally involves 2 to 3 visits to complete the procedure and is painless most of the time after local anaesthesia.
Root canal treated teeth are commonly weak and prone to breaking. Thus, the restorative dentist will normally recommend a crown or an onlay to prevent further tooth loss.
When do I need it?
Root canal treatment is undertaken to save a tooth when the pulp becomes infected due to trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks or repeated dental procedures. Tooth infection involving the pulp is usually very painful (some patient refer to this as a real toothache or worse than childbirth!) and can be associated with an abscess. Root canal treatment serves to relieve pain and resolve the infection.