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Family Dentistry and Prevention

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is needed when the blood or nerve supply (the pulp) of the tooth is infected through decay or injury. If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. This can lead to an abscess and if left untreated the infection can spread resulting in the only option being to extract the tooth.

The process of a root canal treatment is similar to having an ordinary filling but usually over more appointments. Your dentist will explain the entire process.

Following root canal treatment, your tooth can discolour. Due to modern techniques this discolouration is much less that in the past. If discoloration occurs, your dentist can explain the various options to improve the appearance of the tooth.

In a small number of cases, infection can sometimes come back and then the treatment may have to be repeated or alternative treatment may have to be considered.

After root canal treatment, it is usually better to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth, as it will know be more brittle.