Root canal treatment (also called Endodontics) is needed when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected through tooth decay or damaged by an injury to your mouth. This infection may spread through the root canal system, which could eventually lead to an abscess, causing a great deal of discomfort. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the tooth may need to be taken out.
How Does Tooth Decay Occur?
The number one reason why decay sets in can be linked to our oral hygiene. If our teeth are not effectively brushed or we don’t use dental floss, over time bacteria can build up and then lead to tooth decay. The best way to fight this and prevent root canal treatment from being required, starts at home with your daily oral hygiene routine. We also advise seeing a dentist & hygienist on a routine basis as they can help keep your mouth healthy and spot any potential problems.
Root Canal Treatment Procedure
Our dentists can perform root canal treatment to stop the infection from spreading and will preserve as much of your tooth as possible. Using specific techniques and advanced equipment, you will receive a local anaesthetic and the treatment overall should feel no different to having an ordinary filling placed. 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. 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. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure and most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits.
Book Your Appointment Today
To keep your mouth in tip top shape we recommend you come in for regular hygiene appointments and dental check-ups. If you are worried about a tooth or due to see the dentist, please do not hesitate to call us today.