Root canal treatment – is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury.This infection may spread through the root canal system and could eventually lead to an abscess, causing a great deal of discomfort. A root canal treatment is done to save the pulp and the tooth root from further damage and infection; root canal therapy is also done to save the affected tooth from being extracted, which will be the case of the infection and damage is not stopped.
Root canal therapy involves the following
# First, local anaesthetic will be administered to ensure no discomfort is felt during treatment.
# The tooth will be prepared with a drill, allowing access to the root canal system.
# The root canal system will be thoroughly cleaned out to remove all infection and pulp.
# The root canal system is then filled and sealed temporarily with a crown.
# The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.
# Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure and most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits.