Root canal treatment is needed when the nerve and blood supply inside your tooth becomes infected from bacteria. This can be because of tooth decay or damage by an injury to your mouth. This can cause the tooth to ache and give severe pain on exposure to hot or cold temperatures like cold water. Sometimes if the nerve has died you may not experience any pain.This infection may eventually lead to an abscess, causing a great deal of pain and discomfort.
Our dentists can perform root canal treatment to resolve the infection using specific techniques and advanced equipment. The treatment overall should be like having a filling except the appointment will be a lot longer and may require further appointments. The aim of the treatment is to remove all the infection from the root canal by cleaning and disinfecting it using the latest equipment including single-use rotary files, irrigating the canals with disinfectant solution. Then a root canal filling is placed in it to seal it and prevent any further infection. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle. The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled or crowned depending upon how much tooth you have. Root fillings do not last forever and at some point in the future can get reinfected.
Root canal treatment is a very skilled and time-consuming procedure and most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits. The length of your appointment will vary depending upon the tooth as as different teeth have a different number of root canals.
Root canal treatment is the only way to save the tooth. An alternative to root canal treatment is to take the tooth which will then leave you with a gap in which you may want to have a denture, bridge or implant.