Root canal treatment is a way of saving a tooth that may have an abscess or may fractured, infected or decayed. The purpose is to rebuild the tooth and surrounding tissues to health, relieving both pain an infection.
Without root canal treatment the only other alternative is to have the infected tooth removed, and to replace it with an implant, a fixed bridge or a removable denture. None of those alternatives is anywhere near as effective as being able to actually keep the origin all tooth.
Root canal treatment is not only the best treatment option for you as a patient, but it is also a cost effective way to save a tooth with a damaged nerve (pulp)
In the long run it is usually less expensive than extraction and replacement with a bridge or an implant. Root canal treatment has a high success rate, with many root canal treatment teeth lasting a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I don’t have the treatment?
Once the pulp is destroyed, it can't heal and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. The alternative is to have the tooth out. Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.
What will my tooth look like after treatment?
Usually there is no discolouration, but if this does occur there are several treatments available to restore the natural appearance.
What does it involve?
Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The infected pulp is removed and the root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time.
Does it hurt?
Root canal is normally carried out under local anaesthetic and is no different to having an ordinary filling.