If the root (the centre) of your tooth becomes infected, this can lead to an abscess and become very painful. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the tooth may need to be extracted.
Will it hurt?
No. The main downside to a root canal is that it can be a time-consuming process. We’re had several patients fall asleep in the chair while the dentist was working!
How many visits will it take?
Root canals can take more than one visit to your dentist. If this is the case, a temporary filling will be placed on your tooth between visits. Your dentist will advise of the likelihood of this before you start any treatment.
Should I have a crown?
Your dentist will discuss your individual needs with you, but a crown usually adds support and strength to a tooth.
What does root canal involve?
- Firstly, the dentist will remove any infected part of the tooth, and, if present, drain any abscesses
- Then clears the canals of the tooth to prevent infection in the future
- After that, the dentist will then fill them with material designed to fight off infection
- In the end, the tooth is then filled and shaped to look natural