Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment aims to clean, shape and fill the root canal of a tooth.
Your teeth have a core of blood vessels and nerves at their centre; this is known as the pulp. The number of root canals a tooth has varies. Generally your back teeth has 2-3 canals, where as your front teeth often have just one canal.
A root canal treatment is required when your tooth’s pulp becomes damaged. The blood vessels die, this results in a tooth which is ‘dead’. Teeth that are ‘dead’ are more likely to get infected because it’s no longer protected by your immune system.
Without treatment, a collection of pus can form at the tip of your root. This can lead to pain and swelling.
The root canal treatment process
We will take an X-ray of your tooth to see whether you need root canal treatment.
We will make a hole in the top of your tooth, and remove the damaged pulp.
Then clean the empty pulp cavity and fill the root canals.
Then the canals are filled to seal them off from re-infection.
A permanent seal is then placed over the tooth. This will either be done using a white filling or a crown.
Why should I have root canal treatment?
It can save your tooth. Removal of an adult tooth leads to bone loss in the area of the absent tooth and partial movement of adjoining teeth into the gap.
If an infection is left untreated pain and swelling can appear at any time and may take several days to be treated.
Root Canal Treatment can prevent or stop toothache and/ or infection
What are the risks / Site Effects?
Root canal treatment is commonly performed and generally safe.
Side-effects are mostly temporary effects you may get after having been treated. Cleaning your teeth may cause slight tenderness, but this is only temporary.
It’s unlikely that you will have any further problems after root canal treatment. If your tooth does become infected again, the procedure can be repeated. However, repeated treatments are generally not as successful.