Root Canal Treatment

Saving your tooth and restoring it to its full strength and function is the main objective of root canal or endodontic treatment.

It may be necessary for you to have root canal treatment as a result of infection caused by decay, gum disease, a crack or chip or an accident that has caused pulp damage.

A tooth requiring root canal treatment may show one or more symptoms. You may experience a constant dull or severe ache, sensitivity to hot food or drink, tooth discoloration and swelling, or soreness in the gum or bone surrounding the tooth.

It is important to treat the tooth causing the discomfort as soon as you are aware of it. If the pain is due to infection and not treated quickly it may develop into an abscess and cause extreme pain. Often this sort of pain cannot be relieved by pain killers alone.

Teeth that require endodontic treatment have usually had severe decay, large fillings or were fractured. As a consequence they tend to be brittle. In order to strengthen your tooth and protect against further fracture, a porcelain crown may be recommended. If so, we will mould the crown to fit exactly over your tooth so that biting and chewing is effective and comfortable.

In most cases root canal treatment can be completed in 2-3 visits.