Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is a procedure performed on a tooth which is badly damaged due to decay, disease or injury, and has an infected or inflamed nerve. It is used to save teeth that would otherwise need to be removed.
When a tooth becomes inflamed/infected, it can sometimes cause severe toothache and intense pain. Left untreated, it can lead to the formation of an abscess, localised bone loss, spreading facial infections and eventually tooth loss.
Root canal treatment enables the tooth to be saved (rather than removed), and is a complex treatment performed over 2-3 appointments. The inside of the tooth is cleaned, disinfected and shaped, then a root filling is placed in and seals the canals. In most cases, the tooth is restored with a crown for added protection.
Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment enables the tooth to continue to function like any other tooth, with normal biting force and sensation and efficient chewing. This means you can maintain your natural healthy smile.