Root canal treatment (also known as ‘endodontics’) is required when the pulp of the tooth (its blood or nerve supply) becomes infected through decay or injury.
The infection may spread through the tooth’s root canal system if left untreated, leading to an abscess. In addition, the infection can spread further and the tooth may need to be removed altogether.
What is the Root Canal Treatment Procedure?
Root canal treatment involves the dentist removing all infection from the root canal, cleaning the root and then filling it to prevent further infection.
While it is painless, it is nevertheless a complex and time-consuming treatment that usually involves two or more visits to the dentist as follows:
- Firstly, the infected pulp is removed and any abscesses drained. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped, a temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle.
- During the the second visit, the tooth will be checked and permanently filled when all the infection has cleared.
Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?
No. A local anaesthetic is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the questions asked frequently about Root Canal Treatment from clients of Shields Dental & Implant Clinic Limerick.