Root canal treatment
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Root canal treatment (also called Endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury.
A root canal is usually necessary when the tooth cannot be filled or restored any other way because the decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or the tooth has become infected. If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. This may eventually lead to an abscess. Unless root canal treatment (RCT) is carried out the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be extracted.
Some people may prefer an extraction; however, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible. Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back the root canal treatment can be repeated.
Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure that requires a local anaesthetic to anaesthetise the tooth, the root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection.
Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to the dentist to ensure that there is no more infection. When all the infection has cleared, the tooth is then permanently filled.
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