Endodontics or root canal treatment is carried out on teeth where the nerve of the tooth has been damaged by decay or trauma.
This treatment may also be necessary prior to crowning a tooth. Root canal treatment involves the removal of the pulp tissue of a tooth when it becomes irreversibly inflamed or infected.
Debris within the canals is removed and the canals are cleaned and disinfected prior to being filled and sealed with a root filling. The tooth is then restored back to its full shape and function with a permanent filling or a crown.
Root canal treatment is needed when the blood or nerve supply of a tooth is infected through decay or injury. The infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth and this could lead to an abscess causing swelling of the tissues around the tooth and you may experience pain. Root canal treatment is used to remove the infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out. Treatment usually involves 2 or more visits.