Also known as endodontics, root canal treatment is a procedure carried out when the living tissue in the tooth (the pulp) has become infected.
If an infection has developed in the pulp, there is a risk that it will spread through the tooth’s root canal system. As well as being very painful, this can also eventually result in an abscess. If the infection is left untreated, it will continue to spread and you may need to have the tooth extracted.
What does root canal treatment involve?
At Wayside Dental Practice, we aim to remove the infection from the tooth with root canal treatment. Once we have eliminated the infection, the root will be cleaned and filled to prevent further infection.
In most cases, root canal treatment requires at least two appointments at the practice. In your first appointment, we will remove the infected pulp, clean the root canal and shape the tooth ready to be filled. We’ll then place a provisional filling, and in your next appointment we will permanently fill the tooth. We often place a crown onto the tooth to give it optimum strength after root canal treatment.
The treatment is carried out under anaesthetic, so you won’t feel any discomfort during the procedure.
If you think you have a tooth infection, it’s important to receive treatment as soon as possible. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Wayside Dental Practice to see how we can help.