Root Canals (Endodontics)
Getting to the root of the problem.
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that removes the nerve or dental pulp of the tooth. This is often required when the blood vessel or nerve of a tooth has been badly damaged by tooth decay or some injury. Root canal therapy is the alternative to tooth extraction and often required to save a damaged tooth.
Root canal therapy may be required if the nerve or pulp of a tooth has become infected or irreversibly inflamed. Infections and inflammation can occur due to:
- Dental decay
- Dental trauma
- A broken filling or crown
- Extreme wear
- A tooth that has required extensive dental work
- Severe gum disease
Common symptoms that occur when the pulp is infected or damaged include:
- Bleeding and soreness
- Hot and/or cold sensitivity
- Pain or tenderness on biting
- An abscess near the tooth
- Facial swelling
- Darkening of the tooth
A series of appointments are needed to treat the tooth. If the treatment is not completed, there is a risk of further discomfort, possibly leading to an abscess and risking the life of the tooth. A temporary filling is used to protect the tooth in between appointments. Once the root canal therapy is finished, a dental crown should be placed over the tooth to assist in protecting the tooth for the longer term.
Our dentist will provide you with a detailed treatment plan including all fees prior to any treatment commencing.
For more information contact our dental team.