Suffering from pain and discomfort? Endodontics or root canal treatment ensures any infection can be removed and prevents the tooth being extracted.
Why do I need root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is needed when the nerve supply of a tooth becomes infected. In the early stages you may not feel any pain, but the dentist will be able to identify areas of infection when they take x-rays. If left the infection can spread through the tooth and can cause an abscess, which is painful.
Why should I have root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment has helped to save millions of teeth over the last century. Without this procedure, there is no way of stopping tooth decay and infection from destroying the tooth. What is more root canal treatment can help to extend the life of a tooth for decades.
What does root canal treatment involve?
To complete the root canal treatment, the dentist will first numb your tooth using a local anaesthetic and will then remove the infected pulp and drain any abscess. The root canal will then be thoroughly disinfected before a filling is used to seal the tooth and prevent further infections. It is advised that a crown is fitted following root canal treatment to help strengthen and protect the tooth. If root canal treatment is not completed, the infection will spread and in the long term it is likely the tooth will need to be extracted.
What are the benefits of root canal treatment?
- Root canal treatment will relieve your toothache.
- Root canal treatment prevents you having an extraction, enabling you to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.
- Root canal treatment is a proactive way to protect your wellbeing and maintain your smile.