Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury, often causing an abscess. Many abscess teeth are needlessly taken out in the UK but at our practice we have the equipment and expertise to save your teeth keeping your mouth healthy and saving you money.
Indications for treatment include:
• Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
• Discolouration of the tooth
• Swelling of the gum adjacent to the tooth
• Tenderness of the tooth especially to biting or adjacent gums.
Sometimes there are no symptoms and the first sign of a problem may be found on X-ray.
If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth.
This may eventually lead to an abscess. If root canal treatment is not carried out the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.
The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time consuming procedure. Treatment may be carried out over one or two visits and takes approximately 1 hour and a half to 2 hours per visit.