Root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, is used to save a tooth from extraction when the blood or nerve supply in the tooth, called the pulp, becomes infected through decay or injury, causing swelling and pain. In some cases this infection can travel further down the root canal and form an extremely painful abscess.
The aim of root canal treatment is to remove the damaged pulp and bacteria that are causing the infection. Your dentist will drill a hole into the tooth to remove the pulp and infected tissue, then clean, disinfect and fill the empty root canal and put a permanent seal over the top of your tooth. Although your dentist will remove nerves and blood vessels from your tooth when the pulp is taken out, your tooth will continue to live as the surrounding tissues provide it with the blood and nutrients it needs.
Many people have an understandable fear of root canal treatment, believing it to be one of the most painful types of dental treatment, but in reality this is not the case. Root canal treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic and we use the latest techniques and modern methods. Cared for properly in the same way as any other tooth, a root-treated tooth can last you a lifetime.