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Root canal treatment (also called Endodontics) is needed when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected through tooth decay or damaged by an injury to your mouth. This infection may spread through the root canal system, which could eventually lead to an abscess, causing a great deal of discomfort. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the tooth may need to be taken out.
Our dentists can perform root canal treatment to stop the infection from spreading and will preserve as much of your tooth as possible. Using specific techniques and advanced equipment, you will receive a local anaesthetic and the treatment overall should feel no different to having an ordinary filling placed. The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle. The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure and most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits.
The myth of root canal treatment pain
The words ‘root canal’ often instils a fear of severe pain, however, with modern technology and better anaesthetics, root canal treatment should no longer be a feared treatment.
In reality, root canal is very similar to having a filling and is conducted under local anaesthetic. With the tooth and surround gum numbed, you shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure. Your dentist will explain the procedure in more detail and be able to answer any questions you have.
To keep your mouth in tip top shape we recommend you come in for regular hygiene appointments and dental check-ups.