Why Might I Need Root Canal Treatment?
A tooth that is badly damaged and which is not restored is more likely to become infected. Bacteria will easily be able to penetrate the tooth, eventually reaching the pulp. This is located right in the centre of the tooth and contains blood vessels and nerves and other connective tissues. Once a tooth is fully developed, the pulp is not necessary but it can be very painful if it becomes infected. If you develop toothache or pain when biting down on a tooth, we suggest booking an appointment with The Dental Group as soon as you are able as you may need root canal treatment to remove the infection and to restore the tooth. Treatment is more successful when promptly carried out.
What is the Procedure for Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment or therapy is very straightforward and can generally be conducted using local anaesthetic. The pulp is accessed through the crown of the affected tooth and is removed. We will thoroughly clean out the pulp and the root canals extending into the roots of the tooth, removing the bacterial infection. At this stage, we may choose to place a temporary restoration to ensure all infection is removed before placing a permanent restoration at a later date.