What is a root canal treatment?

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.

Why is root canal treatment needed?

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 the root canal treatment (RCT) is not carried out, the infection may spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.

Does it hurt?

No,we use the most effective local anaesthetic's available, and so there should be no discomfort. The dentists at DENTAL ART have many years of experience in providing painless dental treatment and we also offer video glasses for the patient to watch their favorite film, which helps pass the time. Many patients who come for treatment are often nervous about the prospect of dental treatment, but they are often are surprised that it is very comfortable. Some patients even fall asleep!

What does it involve?

The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection, and to then fill the canal system to prevent bacteria from re-colonizing the inside the tooth. Root canal treatment, (RCT), is a skilled and time consuming procedure, most courses of treatment will involve two visits to your dentist. At the first appointment the infected pulp is removed, and any abscesses which may be present can also be drained at this time. The root canals are cleaned and shaped ready for the filling.

A temporary filling is put into the root and the tooth is left to settle. At a follow up appointment the root is checked for infection and if appropriate is then permanently filled. In the past a root filled tooth would often darken after treatment. However with modern techniques this does not usually happen. If there is any discolouration, there are several treatments available to restore the natural appearance.