Each tooth in the mouth is nourished by its own nerve and blood supply, fed through the root. On occasion, decay, fracture or trauma of the tooth can lead to the root becoming infected.

If this happens, then Endodontics or “root canal treatment” may be called for in order to remove the infection and restore the healthy function of the tooth

What signs and symptoms will I experience?

  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot food or liquids
  • Throbbing pain which can worsen when you bite down on the tooth
  • Gums feel swollen and tender near the problem area

What does Root Canal Involve?

Root Canal Treatment usually requires more than one appointment. Between appointments, the tooth will be protected with a temporary restoration.

  • An initial x-ray will be taken to assess the root canal system and the surrounding bone.
  • A rubber sheet is placed around the tooth to isolate it. The infected pulp is removed under local anaesthetic (if necessary) and the canals are flushed with an anti-bacterial solution.
  • The canals are shaped with tiny instruments and washed again to remove any debris.
  • The freshly cleaned root canals are then filled with a rubber compound to seal the tooth and prevent bacteria from entering.
  • The filled root canal is sealed with a permanent filling.

Will my tooth need a crown?

Usually root filled teeth need a crown to prevent fracture and secondary infection.

Why would my dentist refer me to an endodontist?

Although General Dentists can perform Endodontic treatment, patients are often referred to an Endodontist when the case is complicated or more difficult than usual.