Also known as endodontics, root canal treatment focuses on saving infected, fractured or decayed teeth. The aim is to remove infected pulp tissues from the innermost part of the tooth and restore the natural tooth to health, whilst also relieving any pain that might be present. This prevents the infection from spreading and saves the need for extraction.
Without endodontic treatment, the only other option is to have the infected tooth removed and replaced with an implant or bridge. We want to do all we can to protect and retain your natural tooth through root canal surgery, allowing it to return to normal function and be maintained with your regular oral health routine.
Despite popular belief, root canal treatment is not meant to be painful and often patients feel a huge sense of relief that they are no longer in pain from the infected tooth. Our experienced dentists use the latest techniques to ensure high levels of success with every treatment.
Root canal treatment usually requires several appointments, depending on the complexity of each case and which tooth is being treated. We cover the tooth with a temporary restoration between appointments to protect it.
Initially, we take an x-ray to check the infected tooth, looking closely at the root canals and checking the infection hasn’t spread. We use this information to plan your root canal treatment and the number of appointments you will need.
We then enter the tooth and remove the infected pulp. A rubber sheet is placed around the tooth to keep it dry and we use local anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort. Once the pulp has been removed, the root canals are cleaned and flushed with an antibacterial solution.
The root canals are then shaped using tiny, precise instruments before being filled and sealed to prevent any bacteria from entering. We may need to fit a crown to restore proper shape and functionality to the tooth.
Following successful treatment, your tooth will function just like your other teeth and will need to be included in your brushing and flossing routine. Excellent care and maintenance, including regular check ups with your dentist, will give your tooth the best chance of staying in great shape.