Root canal treatment is needed when the nerve inside your tooth becomes infected through decay or damage due to an injury to your mouth. This infection may spread through the root canal system, which could eventually lead to an abscess. There can also be swelling of gum tissue and the face. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the tooth may need to be removed.
What is involved in root canal treatment?
- The key to this type of treatment is the removal of the harmful bacteria present in the root canal system.
- Once the infection has been cleaned out, your dentist will shape and fill the root canal and seal your tooth (to prevent further infection).
- Using local anaesthetic, the treatment overall should feel no different to having an ordinary filling placed.
- Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure and usually requires two appointments, but this will vary according to the anatomy of the tooth.
Will I need a crown?
Following root canal treatment the tooth is weaker and so we may advise you to onlay or crown the tooth, to provide extra support and strength to the tooth. In the past, a root filled tooth would often darken after treatment. If there is any discolouration, there are several treatment options to restore the natural appearance, which we will discuss with you.