Root canal therapy may be required when the pulp (nerve and blood supply) of a tooth has become irreparably infected or has died. Instead of the tooth being lost, root canal therapy can be undertaken to remove the pulp of the tooth and repair the tooth so it is fully functional and free from discomfort.
Common symptoms that occur when the pulp is infected or damaged include:
- Hot and/or cold sensitivity
- Pain or tenderness on biting
- An abscess near the tooth
- Facial swelling
- Darkening of the tooth
A series of appointments is needed to completely treat the tooth. If the treatment is not completed, there is a risk of further discomfort, possibly leading to an abscess and risking the life of the tooth.
After root canal therapy the tooth can become brittle and more susceptible to fracture, and protection with a ceramic crown is often recommended.
Our experienced dental health professionals will use a number of diagnostic tests to ensure the correct diagnosis is made. They will carry out any treatment required using advanced modern equipment which makes the procedure faster and more comfortable for the patient.
Throughout any appointment our caring dental team will make sure you are most relaxed and comfortable, to ensure you receive the best dental treatment possible. Your treatment options will be openly and honestly discussed, with your individual needs and desires of upmost importance.
Root canal treatment is intricate, complex work, dealing with very fine nerve canals in your tooth.
Sometimes we will refer to a root canal specialist known as an Endodontist to bypass a blockage in the nerve canal, locate very fine nerve canals or deal with a stubborn recurrent infection.