The pulp (nerve) is the soft tissue at the very heart of the tooth. Dental decay, cracking tooth structure or failing restorations may cause a risk to the pulp. If the pulp becomes inflamed or infected root canal treatment is indicated to prevent pain and to allow the tooth to be restored.
Root canal treatment is almost always painless. It is important to control the working conditions in the mouth and then we access the root canals via the top of the tooth. We then clean, disinfect and shape the canals so they can be sealed to prevent future infection.
The tooth’s shape and function is restored with a permanent filling or crown. Crowns are always indicated for molar and premolar teeth to prevent fracture and ensure a good bacterial seal. This represents a significant investment in time and money. Our techniques include safe and effective isolation of the tooth and the most modern shaping and preparation systems.
What else should I know?
- Depending on the complexity of your case, you may need to make just one, or possibly several, appointments (usually two) to ensure your tooth is successfully treated.
- Don’t worry too much about root canal therapy’s reputation for being painful, we will numb the area and always treat you with a reassuringly gentle touch. It is very rare for any pain to be experienced but if it was the treatment is always stopped for further pain control measures.
- Even though the pulp is essentially ‘living’ tissue, a root treated tooth can remain intact because it is kept nourished by the surrounding gum and bone. The long-term survival of root-filled teeth is good with good final restoration and maintenance of good oral health.