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Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy or endodontic treatment is a procedure to save your tooth by removing inflamed or dying nerve tissue. Although there is a popular myth that root canal therapy is painful, this is not necessarily the case. The majority of people find it feels similar to having a filling replaced in their tooth.

Why Would I Need Root Canal Therapy?

A tooth may need root canal therapy after injury, such as a fractured tooth, or due to decay where there is a deep cavity in the tooth and the bacteria have infected the nerve. The latter can often cause an abscess in the tooth that may appear as a “pimple” on the gum.

What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?

The advantage of root canal treatment is that it allows the tooth to be saved whilst alleviating the pain. Root canal therapy is generally performed over 3-4 appointments, during which time the inside of the tooth is disinfected, cleaned and shaped. A temporary filling is placed at the end of each appointment. Multiple x-rays of the tooth are required during the course of treatment and after the root canal therapy has been completed a long term filling will be placed in the tooth.

Once a tooth has had endodontic treatment, it is brittle and at risk of fracturing. To help prevent this, we recommend placing a crown over the tooth to help protect it and improve the prognosis.

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