Root canal therapy, or endodontics, is a treatment to remove an infection, and often the damaged nerve, from inside the root of a tooth. It’s a modern treatment to save teeth that would otherwise have to be taken out and is usually painless. At Wayside we have the technology to solve even the most complex cases.
What is a root canal?
Inside each tooth is a tube that runs from the end of the root to a chamber inside the crown. This is the root canal and inside the canal is the tooth’s blood and nerve supply, known as the ‘pulp’. The incisor and canine teeth normally have one root and one root canal. Premolar teeth can have one or two roots, and molars two or three, with up to five or more separate root canals.
Why do I need root canal therapy?
Bacteria can get into this chamber either from dental decay or directly from the mouth if a filling is lost or a tooth is broken. Once bacteria are established, blood supply to the nerve diminishes and the tooth begins to die. When this happens the only way to save the tooth is to remove the infection and dying nerve – a procedure called root canal therapy. Unfortunately, antibiotics alone can’t kill the bacteria and the only option, other than root canal therapy, is to have the tooth extracted.
What’s involved in root canal therapy?
In root canal therapy, the pulp and nerve tissue are removed from inside the root canals. The canals are then thoroughly cleaned and disinfected (often using a dental laser), then filled and hermetically sealed.Your dentist may recommend a crown is placed on the tooth that has been root filled to give it optimum strength.