Root Canal Treatment is what you’ll need if your tooth has become or is becoming non-vital or “dead”. This is often caused by trauma or exposure to dental decay, though sometimes it can be unexplained.
Root Canal Treatment, or endodontics, removes the living part of the tooth and replaces it with a specialist rubber filling which packs tightly to the inside of the tooth canals to prevent any bacteria from growing.
Root Canal Treatment can be a lengthy process, sometimes requiring a number of visits or a referral for advanced dental treatment. This is especially so when you have visited us with pain, infection or swelling.
Root Canal is likely to be performed in stages to ensure all of the infection has been removed and the canal is clean before we fill the canal and restore the tooth.
It’s important to protect a root canal filling with an appropriate, protective restoration, such as a crown, to give your tooth a future good prognosis.
Typically, root canal can treatments last upwards of 25 years if they’re placed under the right conditions and the tooth is restored well.