Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the nerve of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury. Nerve inflammation may occur after trauma as well.
It is a procedure to remove the nerve (pulp) of the tooth, widen its space and fill it with special material.
If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread to surrounding tissues. This may eventually lead to an inflammation of the tissues (abscess).
No, 70% of nerve inflammations are chronic and show no symptoms. The patient might not have any complaints regardless of the stage of the condition (initial or advanced).
No. Local anaesthetic is used, it feels just like routine dental treatment.
The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The cleaned root canal filled to prevent any further infection.
Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. In most cases several visits to the dentist are needed.
It depends on many variables. Your dentist will give you an estimate during consultation.
Previously, teeth often became discoloured after root canal treatment. Using modern methods that rarely happens. Should the tooth become discoloured, methods are employed to restore tooth’s natural appearance.
Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, in select cases the treatment has to be repeated.
The tooth can be extracted, but it is not the preferred solution.
Yes. However, in many cases the tooth will have lost too much hard tissue to be filled; crowns are recommended to increase resistance to chewing strains.
Root canal treatment is a routine dental procedure most often carried out by your dentist.
Root-treated teeth should be treated just the same as any other tooth.
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