Root Canal Treatment

Why do I need root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp within the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. Inflammation or infection can be caused by deep decay, a crack or chip in the tooth or trauma to the tooth. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

What does root canal treatment involve?

Root canal treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist, though occasionally one visit will be sufficient. During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped and a temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle.

The tooth is then checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling.

Will my tooth discolour?

A root filled tooth can darken after treatment. If there is any discolouration, there are several treatments available to restore the natural appearance.