Root canal treatment –or endodontic treatment – may be required to save a tooth when there is an infection or inflammation of the nerve of the tooth and the nerve begins to die.
What causes this inflammation or infection?
Infection or inflammation of the nerve of the tooth can be caused by many factors, including:
- A deep cavity or breakdown of a filling or crown
- A cracked or chipped tooth
- An accident or trauma
- Gum disease
- Extreme wear-and-tear
How do you know if you need treatment?
Any of the following symptoms may indicate the need for treatment:
- Swelling and/or pain in the gums around the tooth
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
- Tooth discolouration
Root canal treatment can take 2-3 appointments, so that the inside of the tooth can be cleaned, shaped and filled once the nerve is removed.
A filling is placed on top of the tooth to make the tooth functional.
Without the nerve, the tooth starts to weaken and become brittle. It is commonly recommended to protect the tooth from fracture after root canal treatment by placing a crown over the tooth. This will typically be recommended 3-6 months after root canal treatment, to make sure the tooth has settled first.
Our centre uses a rotary endodontic unit, a piece of technology that enables faster treatment and a more predictable, successful outcome compared to traditional methods.
Hard to find time for an appointment to suit your working hours? We offer appointments outside general business hours and on weekends.