Endodontics – root canal treatment aims to remove all infection and debris from the infected tooth. It is a skilled and time consuming procedure that can requires two or more visits.
Unfortunately, when decay has progressed too close to the nerve the only option to save the tooth is to remove the nerve and help preserve the remaining parts of the tooth.
This consists of the following stages:
Removing the remains of the infected pulp and, if an abscess is present, allowing it to drain.
Cleaning and shaping of the root canals ready for filling
Checking the tooth to ensure that the infection is cleared and if so, filling the canal(s) permanently.
Restoring the tooth with a permanent restoration.
After completion of a root canal, the tooth will remain and be restored to its full function.