Root canal therapy is a very common procedure, which is used to treat teeth that have been infected by bacteria. Root canal therapy is designed to treat advanced cases of decay and can save infected teeth, which could instead need extraction. Many people shudder when they hear the words root canal treatment, but the procedure is very effective and relatively straight-forward and it can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
What does the procedure involve?
The actual procedure involves removing decayed, infected pulp tissue from the tooth. Your Central Leeds dentist will drill through the affected tooth to reach the root canals, before removing the rotten pulp tissue and cleaning the root canals thoroughly. Once the root canals have been cleaned, filling material (called gutta percha) is inserted to seal the canals and thwart more infection. It is carried out under local anaesthetic to prevent discomfort during the procedure
Why would I need root canal treatment?
You may need root canal treatment if you have an infection that has arrived at the pulp of the tooth. The pulp contains the living tissue, including the blood vessels and nerves and if infection reaches the pulp chamber, the tooth effectively starts to die. Rot canal treatment is used to save and restore an infected tooth. You may also need root canal treatment if you have a tooth that has been badly harmed as an outcome of an injury or accident and root canal treatment is also used to treat abscesses.