Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Treatment procedure is used to save your tooth from extraction. With the innovations in dental medicine, and the development of specially designed instruments, root canal therapy is completed in as little as two visits to our practice.
The prime objective of this procedure is to save and restore your tooth if it has damage caused by:
- Deep decay
- The result of untreated gum disease
- An injury, causing the nerve tissue to die
- A major Fracture involving the nerve
Without effective and quick treatment, any of these situations may cause extensive pain and an abscess may develop, this will need to be drained to prevent the bacterial toxins that build-up at the base of the root from extending and infecting your jawbone resulting in severe problems. In cases where the infection has not been addressed the surrounding bone and your overall health may be affected from the chronic infection and inflammation.
Following a thorough examination and assessment we will plan for the most appropriate treatment procedure then a local anaesthetic is administered to numb the surrounding area.
Root Canal Treatment involves drilling a small opening in the tooth to completely remove the infected nerve tissue. The canal is then cleaned, shaped, sterilised and sealed with a filling material; much like a cavity or hole in your tooth would be filled. This ‘canal sealant’ will protect your tooth from further infection.
Once your infected tooth has been cleaned and filled, the next step is to restore its strength by placing a porcelain crown. Teeth that have undergone root canal treatment are not as strong and may fracture, so a crown is the ideal restorative solution.
Root canal treatment can be a very successful procedure that can save a severely infected tooth from being extracted.