Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is used to manage conditions affecting a tooth’s pulp/nerve. A tooth’s pulp may die and become infected usually due to trauma or tooth decay. Root canal treatment allows your dentist to remove this dead or diseased tissue inside the tooth, thereby alleviating painful symptoms and preserving the tooth.

If performed early enough, root canal treatment could allow a tooth to survive as long as the adjacent teeth. If left untreated, the infection could spread, lead to severe pain and/or abscess formation. In the event of significant disease, a tooth may no longer be able to be retained by root canal treatment. The length of time taken to seek dental treatment could mean the difference between preserving a natural tooth and the need to remove one which now has a hopeless prognosis.

Root canal treatment provides overall pain relief (contrary to popular belief) by removing the tissue causing pain and inflammation. Root canal treatment may span the course of two or more appointments, depending on your personal circumstances and the condition of your tooth. After the tooth’s pulp is removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. Where necessary, the tooth may be filled with medication in between visits to ensure it is adequately disinfected. This medication can also act as a sedative for the tooth and is sealed inside the tooth with temporary filling, so that the tooth can function like normal in between appointments. At the final root canal appointment, the canals are then sealed with a long-lasting, rubber-like material to prevent future infection. Finally, your dentist will commence restorative treatment (based on each individual’s circumstances) to return the tooth to its required form.