What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury.

Some of the reasons for performing a root canal procedure would be:

  • If the tooth has an infection in the bone at the base of the root.
  • If decay has gotten into the pulp chamber of the tooth.
  • If there is not enough tooth structure remaining to restore the tooth, yet there is still healthy gums and bone surrounding the root.
  • 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.

    Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist.

    At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. Any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle.

    Will the tooth be safe after treatment?

    Yes. However, it is better to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.