Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a procedure, to treat teeth that have become infected by bacteria. The root canal may become infected in a number of ways, with the most common being tooth trauma, tooth decay, a large filling or just general ‘wear and tear’.

What does root canal treatment do?

The purpose of the root canal procedure is to remove dead or inflamed nerve tissues causing infection. Once the bacteria are removed the tooth is sealed with a filling or crown to prevent infection reoccurring.

What is involved in root canal treatment?

Treatment involves opening the root canal chamber, cleaning and shaping to allow disinfection and filling to the root tips. The difficulty of root canal treatment varies considerably depending on the tooth involved and its past history. Treatment is carried out under local anesthetic and as small instruments and disinfectants are used a protective sheet of rubber is placed over the tooth. X-rays are taken before, during and after the treatment. Following the root canal filling, the tooth is sealed. Back teeth are more prone to cracking, because they are usually heavily filled, and it is therefore recommended that a crown is placed to prevent fracture.

If a tooth is not root canal treated, bacterial infection can spread and the tooth may need to be extracted. Treating an infected root canal system to save the tooth is preferable to having it removed as it will maintain a natural smile and wont effect chewing.

To find out more about root canal treatment, or to book an appointment at Sharrow Vale Dental Care call 0114 2686076, email enquiries@sharrowvaledentalcare.co.uk or send us a message using our online contact form.