Root canal treatment (or Endodontics) has a bad reputation but there really is nothing to worry about. The treatment involves no more discomfort than many other dental procedures, and it will often save the tooth, which is the best thing you can do for your oral health.
Teeth are made up of two hard outer layers – enamel and dentine – and an inner pulp chamber, which extends via root canals to the bottom tip of the tooth. The pulp is largely made up of nerves and blood vessels. The process of removing the pulp, cleaning the canals and then filling the empty space to seal the canals is called Endodontics or Root Canal Treatment.
Why would I need a root canal?
For lots of reasons, like decay or a deteriorating old filling, the pulp becomes inflamed, which can cause pain and infection and lead to an abscess. To prevent or treat these symptoms, we can extract the tooth or carry out Root Canal Treatment by carefully removing the infected or inflamed pulp, cleaning the canals and destroying any remaining bacteria, and then filling the tooth with specially designed material.
What are my options?
If the pulp is infected or inflamed beyond repair there are usually just the two options: we perform Root Canal Treatment or we extract the tooth. At Ashurst Dental Practice we believe we should always save teeth where that is possible and appropriate. Also, a replacement for a tooth is not as good as your actual tooth.