With modern dental techniques and anaesthetic options, root canal therapy can be completed quickly and with no discomfort. Of all dental procedures, the one that causes the most apprehension is Root Canal Therapy.
A tooth may require root canal therapy because of an infection from severe decay, gum disease or an accident has impacted the tooth’s nerve, requiring its removal.
The procedure involves isolating the tooth with a rubber sheet called a ‘dam’ to prevent any infection from spreading. Then any tooth decay is removed and a channel is created so the nerve can be removed using very fine instruments.
A tooth can have one or up to four canals. The root canals are re-shaped and thoroughly cleaned and sterilised. Once the tooth is free of any sign of infection, each root canal is filled with a special rubber based compound to strengthen it so it doesn’t remain hollow.
As the procedure often requires the removal of a large amount of the tooth, a crown is placed to restore strength and function.
Depending on the location of the tooth this may be a porcelain crown for front teeth or a gold or alloy based crown for back teeth that require additional strength.
If you are apprehensive about any dental treatments we encourage you to talk with our dental team who can explain the procedure clearly and in detail so as to ease your concerns.