Root canal therapy (RCT) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of a tooth (known as the pulp) becomes infected through decay or injury. You may not feel any pain in the early stages of the infection and in some cases your tooth could darken in colour which means that the nerve of your tooth has died, or is dying. If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth which may lead to an abscess. If root canal therapy is not carried out the infection can spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.
The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is cleaned, sterilised and then sealed to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure and may require two or more appointments.
Considerate explanation of the process combined with the gentle application of modern techniques will mean that the treatment is a trouble free experience. It is not unheard of for people to fall asleep during the process!
At Bath Dental Excellence, where possible, all root canal treatments are carried out under ‘rubber dam’ isolation. In addition all root canal treatment instruments are single use, in compliance with Department of Health guidelines on cross-infection.
A root treated molar tooth is not as strong as a vital tooth and it is usually recommended that a crown is placed to protect against tooth fracture.