Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics)
When the pulp (nerve) inside your tooth becomes infected due to decay or trauma, it may need to be removed. This is called root canal therapy. If the infection is not treated you may develop an abscess.
The procedure involves numbing your tooth with local anaesthetic. Once numb, the pulp (nerve) is removed using very fine dental files. The root canal is then cleaned, disinfected and filled with a sealer and gutta percha to prevent bacteria from building up again. The crown of the tooth is then sealed to avoid bacteria from infecting the newly cleaned canal system and also to reinforce the crown of your tooth. Sometimes we advocate crowns on root treated teeth, especially your back molars to provide better support and better longterm function of your tooth.
Occasionally, if the canal system in your tooth appears unusual or you have very curved roots you may be referred to a specialist endodontist to have the root canal treatment performed.