We strive to ensure our patients have strong, healthy teeth. If you have a dental infection, it’s our mission to treat you and make you feel more comfortable as quickly as possible. When the infection has spread to the tooth pulp, there is often a chance to save the tooth by using a technique known as root canal treatment. The mere mention of root canal treatment can fill patients with dread, but this an incredibly important procedure, which can restore your smile without any pain. Contrary to popular belief, this procedure is nothing to be fearful of. Your tooth will be numbed and you can rest assured that you’ll be in safe hands with our experienced dental team.
About root canal treatment
If you have a tooth infection and bacteria have spread to the dental pulp, your dentist may recommend root canal treatment. Dental pulp is the living tissue of the tooth and once it becomes damaged or decayed, there’s a high risk of the tooth dying. Root canal treatment can save the tooth, providing an alternative to extraction. The aim of the procedure is to remove the damaged or decayed pulp tissue and stop an infection from spreading further.
Before you have root canal treatment, your dentist will talk you through the process and numb your tooth using local anaesthetic. This will help to ensure that you don’t experience any pain. When the tooth is numb, your dentist will drill into it to access the root canals. They will then remove the decayed pulp tissue and fill the root canals with gutta percha, a material used to seal the channels and prevent bacteria from spreading. We often recommend crowning the tooth following root canal treatment to make it stronger and more resistant to damage.
If you have any questions about root canal treatment or you’re a nervous patient and you’d like to learn more about how we could help you, call us and book a consultation.