When a damaged tooth is left untreated, the damaged pulp inside the tooth can cause infection to the bone surrounding the tooth and cause swelling and pain. Our doctors will therefore have to perform a root canal treatment to save it. Completing the tooth’s treatment will set the stage so your body’s healing process can take place as effectively as possible and thus allow the tissues surrounding your tooth to maintain a healthy state.

A root canal treatment is basically a two-staged process. The doctors will remove the pulp from the center of the tooth and then fill the pulp cavity. This will prevent the development of the painful infection and stop it from spreading to the bone surrounding the tooth and to other teeth. Depending on how much infection there is, they may put you on medication (antibiotics) before your tooth can be worked on.

The procedure itself:
a) Cleansing the tooth’s interior – The first portion of the procedure removes compromised tissues and/or contaminants from within a tooth’s nerve space.
b) Sealing off the treated area – The procedure is completed by filling in and sealing off the cleansed space, so contaminants can’t leak back in, or out.

If you’re about to have your first root canal treatment, you might be feeling pretty apprehensive about the whole thing, especially given all the stories floating around. Well, don’t worry, all will be revealed in a step-by-step walk-through of the treatment at the Dental Centre. Knowing what will happen ahead of time is more than half the battle. You will soon learn that it really is much ado about nothing.

So let’s start by dispelling a common myth: Root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it! And before having a root canal treatment, we will give you a local anaesthetic. This means the procedure won’t be painful, and will be no more unpleasant than having a filling.

Root Canal Treatment of a Molar Tooth

Molar Tooth with Decay and Infected Pulp

Root Canal Treatment preserves the Tooth

The value of endodontic treatment is to help you preserve your own teeth and continue eating the foods you love. The treatment will also help you avoid the cost of an artificial tooth replacement and limit the need for ongoing dental work.

Root canal treatment is usually successful. With proper care, most teeth that have a root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth. In about nine out of ten cases, a tooth can survive for up to 10 years after a root canal treatment.