Root canal treatment is for teeth where the nerve of the tooth has been damaged by decay or trauma.
This treatment is also sometimes necessary prior to crowning a tooth. Root canal treatment usually involves the removal of the pulp tissue of the tooth when it becomes irreversibly inflamed or infected.
Debris within the canals are removed and the canals are then cleaned and disinfected prior to being filled and sealed with a root filling. The tooth is restored back to its full shape and function with a permanent filling or a crown.
Root canal treatment saves teeth that would otherwise have to be extracted.
After root canal treatment your tooth has no pulp, in that it has no vital tissues inside. However there are vital tissues surrounding the root for instance the gum, the periodontal membrane and bone. A root treated tooth functions normally and should be maintained with routine dental care and oral hygiene measures.
Root canal treatment procedures are relatively quite comfortable and often painless, as the tooth is anaesthetised during treatment.
After treatment your tooth may be sensitive or tender for a few days due to inflammation of the surrounding areas. This can be relieved by taking mild analgesics or pain killers available over the counter at the chemist. However if the pain persists and is severe, or swelling occurs, you should contact us.