What is it?

In the past if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you’d probably lose that tooth.  Today with root canal therapy we may be able to save that tooth.

Inside each tooth is the pulp which provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth, it runs like a thread down through the root.  When the pulp is diseased or injured the pulp dies.  If you don’t remove it your tooth gets infected and you could lose it.


What happens?

  • An x-ray can show the number and shape of the root canals and also signs of infection in the surrounding bone.
  • You will be given a local anaesthetic and then an opening is made through the top of the tooth, down into the pulp.
  • After the dentist removes the pulp the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it.  Then the dentist may place a crown over the tooth to help strengthen it.
  • There can be some discomfort after treatment; this is due to the existing inflammation and irritation.  This can be easily controlled with painkillers, sometimes antibiotics are needed.

The benefits

  • Pulp damage can cause toothache but the pain will cease quickly once the root canal is cleaned.
  • Without a root filling, a tooth with a dead pulp would have to be taken out.

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