Root Canal treatment
In the past, a badly infected, painful tooth, was doomed to be extracted. Today majority of these teeth can be salvaged by a special dental procedure called root canal therapy.
When is a root canal needed?
A root canal treatment is needed when a tooth's nerve and associated blood vessels are irreversibly damaged either by trauma to the tooth or because of deep cavity. This results in infection that may lead to an abscess at the base of the tooth.
Signs and symptoms
- Throbbing pain
- Swelling in the jaw
- Pain on consuming hot or cold foods
- Teeth that are severely worn out
Root canal procedure
- Your treatment may take one or more visits where the nerve of the offending tooth is removed and the root canal is subsequently filled
- Procedure is done under local anaesthesia
- Your dentist may take X-rays to ensure that the full length of the root canal is treated
- After the root canal, a core filling is done and the tooth may subsequently be protected with a cap or a crown