Your tooth can become infected through decay or trauma, by an injury to your mouth. This infection can spread through the root canal system which can eventually lead to an abscess. Root canal treatment is the last resort to save a tooth otherwise it will need to be extracted.
The treatment procedure involves removing harmful bacteria present within the root canal system of the infected tooth. Once the infection has been thoroughly cleaned out, the dentist will shape and fill the root canal and seal your tooth, which will help to prevent further infection. A local anaesthetic is used before carrying out the treatment, which should feel no different to having an ordinary filling placed. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure which can require two appointments, but this will vary according to the anatomy of the tooth.
Following root canal treatment the tooth is weaker and so we may advise you to consider a crown or onlay on the tooth to provide extra support and strength to the tooth. Root filled teeth may also darken after treatment. If there is any discolouration, there are several treatment cosmetic options to restore the natural appearance of the tooth which can be discussed with the dentist.
You can find out more about root canal treatment by contacting our dentists at Mount Road Dental Surgery.