Root canal therapy (also know as endodontics) is a sequence of treatment required when the blood or nerve supply of your tooth (called the ‘pulp’) is infected through decay or injury. It gets rid of the infected pulp, eliminating infection and protecting the tooth from future infection.
When the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread and lead to a painful and inflamed abscess. The symptoms of an abscess can range from a dull ache to severe pain. The tooth may even be tender when you bite. If root canal treatment is not done, the infection will spread, the tooth may discolour and need to be taken out.
Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Our dentists can advise you on what is involved in your particular case. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to the dentist.