Root Canal Treatment

A root canal treatment is required if the dental pulp (or central layer) of your tooth has become infected or inflamed. This normally arises as a result of advanced decay, a deep filling or a severe crack or fracture to the tooth due to a trauma. Occasionally it can be a result of gum disease.

The purpose is to restore the tooth and surrounding tissues to health, relieving both dental pain and infection. Without Endodontic treatment the only other alternative is to have the infected tooth removed, and so replace it with either an implant, a fixed bridge or a removable denture.

The main symptom of a pulp infection is tooth pain and increased sensitivity to hot or cold. The tooth may become discoloured and the gum can swell and feel tender. Sometimes, there are no symptoms at all.