Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a procedure, available at our dental clinic, to treat teeth that have become infected by bacteria.
The root canal may become infected in a number of ways, with the most common being tooth trauma, tooth decay or a poorly fitting filling.
The root of a tooth isn’t visible in the mouth. It sits below the visible part of tooth – known as the crown – and anchors the tooth in position. The canal system, of which a single tooth can have more than one, contains dental pulp, which consists of soft tissue, nerves and blood vessels.
If bacteria infects the pulp, it will begin to die and make your tooth painful. Additionally, over time, your tooth could darken in colour and, in serious cases, a dental abscess may form. During the early stages of infection, pain may be minimal, or even non existent, but the longer you leave the infection to spread through the root canal system, the more painful it will become.
Left unattended, the bacterial infection can spread to a degree that the tooth can’t be saved and will need to be removed. Treating
an infected root canal system to save the tooth is much preferable to
just having it removed because it will maintain your natural smile and
won’t effect your sensation, chewing and biting force.