AKA Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment or endodontic treatment, is a procedure that is undertaken when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (called the ‘pulp’) is infected through decay or injury.
If the pulp becomes infected, the infection can spread through the end of the tooth into the surrounding bone. This is called an abscess. If left untreated the abscess can spread into the soft tissues resulting in swelling and pain. In the early stages of the infection, you may not feel any pain. In some cases, the affected tooth can darken in colour which indicates that the nerve is dying or has died. Any of these symptoms would suggest you require a root canal treatment.
The treatment involves removing the infected contents of the root canal system. This is a painless procedure carried out under local anaesthetic. Because the root canals are very small, microscopes are used to magnify the area. The root canal is then cleaned, filled and sealed to prevent it from becoming infected again.
In some cases root canal treatment can fail. Specialist treatment is usually required to remove the existing root treatment. This is a time consuming and technical procedure. If the root filling cannot be successfully removed, other options can include surgery (apicectomy or extraction).
Our endodontic specialist will be happy to see you for a consultation to discuss the best course of action for your individual needs.