Root Canal Therapy or Endodontic treatment is used to salvage teeth when the pulp has become infected, causing discomfort and tooth aches. The dental pulp of the tooth is located at the root of the tooth and is where the blood and nerves of the tooth are housed, essential for its development. However, once the tooth is fully grown it can function normally and in a healthy manner without the pulp. If an infection of the pulp is left untreated it can spread to the ligament and bone which supports the tooth. Consequently, an erosion of these areas can lead to tooth loss.
Endodontic treatment is the removal of the infected or dead pulp through a small opening on the surface of the tooth. The area is then sterilised and sealed with a white fillings to prevent further infection and provide a natural appearance. Depending on the severity of the infection, root canal therapy may necessitate multiple visits to complete.
If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, contact our practice to book an appointment.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.