Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is used to save a tooth that has been badly damaged due to disease, injury or decay. It is used as an alternative to extraction. Your dentist will advise you if you require a root canal.
Root canal treatment is required if the pulp (soft tissue inside the tooth) becomes infected or severely inflamed. Treatment should start as soon as possible; if the tooth is left untreated, it will need to be removed. Incisors (front teeth) and premolars have one or two root canals, and molars (back teeth) usually have three or four. The dentist will remove the infected pulp using a file, each root canal is cleaned and the tooth will be packed with medicament to stop inflammation and infection. You may need several visits to the dentist to complete the treatment.
As the treated tooth will have a higher risk of fracturing, your dentist will normally recommend fitting an artificial crown to protect the tooth, typically made of porcelain or gold.
The tooth should last for many years post-treatment, but success will depend on several factors such as the patient’s health, age and oral hygiene. The chances of re-infection are low, but if it does occur, the tooth may need to be re-treated or even removed.
For more information on treatments, and to book an appointment, contact Ogilvie Dental Centre during business hours.