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Root canal treatment (also called Endodontics) is needed when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected through tooth decay or damaged by an injury to your mouth. This infection may spread through the root canal system, which could eventually lead to an abscess, causing a great deal of discomfort. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the tooth may need to be taken out.
The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle. The tooth is checked at a later visit and and a decision is made to either replace the temporary filling with either a definitive filling or a cap (crown). Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure and some courses of treatment will involve more than one visits.
At Hadley Wood Dental Practice, our dentists can perform root canal treatment to stop the infection from spreading and will preserve as much of your tooth as possible. Using specific techniques and advanced equipment, you will receive a local anaesthetic and the treatment overall should feel no different to having an ordinary filling placed.
To keep your mouth in tip top shape we recommend you come in for regular hygiene appointments and dental check-ups.