Root Canal Therapy

If your tooth has been significantly damaged through decay, trauma or a fracture there may have been damage to the pulp of the tooth. The pulp is the soft tissue component of the tooth, containing nerves and blood vessels that lie within canals in the roots of the tooth.

When the pulp cannot repair itself from disease or injury it becomes inflamed or infected. In such circumstances root canal therapy is required to save the tooth.

Root canal therapy involves accessing the pulp of the tooth and gently removing it with specially designed instruments. The canals the pulp once occupied are then thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before being filled with a bio-compatible material called gutta-percha. For your comfort, the whole process is carried out under local anaesthesia.

Root canal therapy has a high rate of success and restores the tooth to function. Before it was developed, the only other option was to extract such problematic teeth.

After treatment is complete, the tooth will need a permanent restoration, often a crown.

To find out more about root canal therapy, contact us here.