What is root canal treatment?
Teeth have a core of blood vessels and nerves called the pulp, found in a space called the root canal. The number of root canals varies depending on how far back the tooth is. The front teeth often have just one root canal, while back teeth may have three or more.
If a tooth is injured or has severe decay, the pulp can be damaged and the blood vessels die to form a ‘dead’ tooth. Because it is no longer protected by the immune system it will get infected.
Root canal treatment removes damaged pulp and bacteria that cause infections. It involves drilling a hole through the tooth into the root canal. Then, the inflamed or dead nerves and blood vessels are taken out from the centre. The empty root canal system is cleaned, shaped and filled, and a permanent seal put over the top of the tooth.
This happens over several visits to your dentist.
An abscess can form at the root tip without treatment. At their worst, these give increased pain and swelling. This can lead to the loss of the tooth and others nearby. It also damages the supporting bone. Your overall health may deteriorate as a result.
Root canal treatment keeps the tooth for a longer period. It maintains your natural bite and the healthy functioning of your jaws. In conclusion, there is no real substitute for a natural tooth. So if the tooth can be saved, it’s in your best interest to try and save it.
So, talk to your dentist or phone your local practice. We will advise you of your choices on the NHS and non-NHS alternatives.
Monton, please call 0161 789 1557
Davyhulme, please call 0161 746 9029
Bexley Square Salford, please call 0161 834 5166