Root canal treatment can save an infected tooth from being extracted. It involves removing infected pulp from the innermost part of the tooth, leaving the hard outer structure of the tooth behind. Root canal treatment, also called endodontics, prevents the infection from spreading and saves the tooth.
The pulp is made up of soft tissue, including nerves and blood vessels, and extends from the crown to the tips of the root. The pulp can become infected due to decay, a deep filling or trauma to the tooth. Symptoms can include pain, increased sensitivity to temperature, discolouration, a metallic taste, gum tenderness or swelling.
If you think you have an infected tooth, book an appointment with a dentist and we can assess your symptoms and use x-rays to get a look at the internal structure of the tooth.
Root canal therapy usually requires several appointments, the number will depend on which type of tooth is being treated. Between appointments, the tooth will be covered and temporarily restored.
If looked after properly, with regular brushing and flossing, your root canal treated tooth should stay trouble-free and provide a long lasting repair. Even though the pulp has been removed, the tooth will stay intact because the canals have been sealed to prevent re-infection. However, teeth can become reinfected and therefore regular check-ups are also recommended so any problems can be detected early.
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