Endodontic treatment is carried out on a tooth when it has been badly damaged due to decay, disease or injury. The health of the pulp is compromised and an infection has resulted. The pulp is the soft tissue deep inside a tooth. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. Endodontic treatment or Root Canal treatment is carried out when a tooth can be saved by removing the pulp and the infected tissue from inside the canals of the tooth roots.
If an infected tooth is left untreated severe pain and abscesses (infections at the ends of the roots) can occur. If an abscess is left untreated, infection can damage the bone surrounding the root.
Root canal treatment is performed over a few appointments and a full treatment plan and information guide is provided to ensure you understand the treatment in full.
Root canal treatment may not be appropriate in some cases, and extraction may be the best, or only, option.
If this is the case then a review of the extraction area will be scheduled to make arrangements to replace the tooth with an implant.
Most people prefer to save a tooth and Endodontic treatment allows us to do this”