Root Canal Treatment

A tooth may require root canal treatment if the nerve inside the tooth is compromised. This could be because the tooth has tooth decay which has penetrated deep inside the core of the tooth, or because the tooth has broken and exposed a deeper portion of the inside of the tooth. Root Canal treatment may be undertaken on 1, 2 or 3 visits depending on the complexity of the tooth’s situation. The basic procedure is to numb the tooth, remove the pulp (nerve and blood vessel within the middle of the tooth), and fill the inside of the tooth with a rubber-like material to prevent bacteria penetrating the area again. A tooth which has had root canal treatment will usually require a crown afterwards for structural and/or cosmetic purposes.

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