When a tooth is badly decayed or becomes infected, the damage can lead to inflammation in the pulp of the tooth that can have a serious impact upon a patient’s quality of life. Although the thought of a root canal strikes fear in the hearts of people, the procedure can help rescue a tooth that would otherwise need to be removed. It also leads to freedom from discomfort that allows patients to enjoy their life to the fullest.
Root canals often are successful at preserving natural teeth and sparing patients the cost of dentures, implants and bridges. In addition, having a root canal can prevent bacteria from an infected tooth from spreading to the jaw, where it can cause even more pain and additional problems.
- Anaesthesia is used to keep the patient comfortable throughout the procedure
- To access the interior of the tooth, an opening is created in the enamel.
- Irrigation and specialist tools are used together to clear the root canal of inflamed and infected pulp
- When all of the pulp is removed, a filling is placed in the opening
- A dental crown or cap is placed over the top of the tooth to provide protection. Extra support may be placed around the tooth to keep it strong, if necessary