Root canal therapy removes infected or inflamed pulp from a tooth and helps to save it from extraction. Filled with nerves and blood vessels, the pulp is the ‘living’ tissue at the centre of the tooth. Bacteria can infect this soft tissue by entering through holes formed by dental decay, a deep filling or damage.
Root canal treatment requires skill and precision to perform, so you will usually need two or more appointments. During these visits, we will remove the affected pulp and then seal the tooth. Although often considered to be a painful procedure, the treatment should be no more uncomfortable than having a conventional filling.
It is beneficial to preserve a natural tooth as missing teeth can lead to bone loss and affect how you chew. It can also be costly to replace a lost tooth.