A root canal treatment is carried out when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay and/or infection.
Traditionally, these teeth would have been extracted but in the long term, that has significant impacts on our remaining teeth and will be very costly to fix. Root canal treatments prevent these problems by allowing us to keep our teeth.
Frequently, our teeth may give us no indication of the presence of an infection. Therefore, it is very important to have your regular check-ups so that we can identify these teeth before they actually start to cause any issues.
Other signs and symptoms of teeth that may require root canal treatment are:
There is a very commonly held belief that root canal treatments are extremely painful. However, the reality is that a root canal treatment should be no more uncomfortable than any other regular dental procedure.
Following root canal treatment, the recommendation by the Australian Dental Association is normally to have a crown placed over the top of the tooth to reinforce and strengthen it.