Endodontics – Root Canal Treatment

Endodontics

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment (Endodontics) is the process of removing the nerve (pulp) or blood supply from an infected tooth that has been damaged by decay or injury. The infection may spread to the root canal, which can lead to pain and discomfort. Our dentist performs root canal treatment to stop the infection and any further infection occurring. Root canal treatment is done over a couple of appointments. The first appointment, the infected nerve is removed and the canal is shaped and cleaned and left to settle.

The second appointment, your dentist will ensure that the infection has disappeared and the tooth will be filled with a permanent filling. It is recommended once having a root canal treatment on a tooth, the tooth is crowned soon after to ensure extra support and strength for the tooth.

Once the pulp of your tooth has been destroyed, it cannot repair itself. It is not advisable to keep an infected tooth in your mouth. However, the only alternative to root canal treatment is an extraction of the tooth.

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