Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment, or endodontics, is a branch of dentistry that is concerned with the treatment of diseases that affect the pulp of the tooth.
In essence the pulp is the tissue in the centre of the tooth; it contains blood vessels along with nerve and connective tissue.
Why might I need Root Canal Treatment?
Root Canal Treatment may be required when pulp tissue suffers some form of infection or injury, usually either through dental decay or trauma.
There are rare occasions when endodontic treatment may be necessary as an elective procedure, such as over-denture abutments, but your dentist can discuss this with you.
Symptoms of a pulp infection or injury include:
- a loose tooth
- pain when chewing or biting
- pain when eating or drinking hot or cold food and drink
If you experience any of these symptoms please contact reception to arrange an appointment to see your dentist.
What can I expect from Root Canal Treatment?
Endodontic procedures involve the cleaning out of the pulp chamber and then disinfecting the tooth and sealing it with a rubber material and restoring the tooth to function. This is very precise work and can take a couple of 45-60 minute visits to complete.
Once the Root Canal Treatment is complete, a crown will usually be fitted to restore the appearance and functionality of the tooth.
Your dentist will discuss with you the available options and associated costs, before proceeding with any treatment.