Root Canal Treatment

Our teeth have a core of blood vessels and nerves at their centre. This living tissue is called the pulp and is in a space called the root canal. The number of root canals varies depending on how far back the tooth is in your mouth. Front teeth often have just one root canal, while back teeth may have three or more.

If your tooth is injured or has severe decay, the pulp can be damaged and the blood vessels may die. This results in a "dead" tooth which is likely to get infected because it's no longer protected by your immune system.

There are a number of ways that a tooth's pulp can be damaged. These include

  • decay
  • gum disease
  • injury

Without treatment, unbearable pain and swelling can occur.

Root canal treatment involves cleaning and filling of the entire root canal of a tooth.

During the root canal procedure, the infected and damaged pulp of the tooth is removed. Often the decay process results in tooth structure loss and the tooth becomes weak and prone to fractures.

A crown covers the entire outside of the tooth, protecting the fragile tooth enabling normal chewing. It also acts as a protective barrier against bacteria and debris and ensures longevity of the root-canal treated tooth.