Used to clear a tooth of infection, root canal treatment is an effective way of restoring health and function to teeth that have been damaged or decayed.
When infection damages the pulp at the centre of a tooth, root canal treatment may be necessary. Without such treatment, the tooth is left open to decay and the infection may spread, often resulting in pain and the formation of abscesses.
Root canal treatment initially involves the affected tooth being cleared of infection by your dentist. The pulp and nerve are then removed, with the tooth thoroughly cleaned before being sealed to prevent any infection recurring.
Your dentist will use a local anaesthetic to numb the affected area prior to treatment. This will optimise your comfort throughout the root canal procedure. You may experience a small amount of discomfort during recovery, however this should be short-lived and can be treated with over-the-counter medicine.