Even though we may not realise, a network of tunnels are actually found inside all teeth. Through all of these tunnels run nerves and blood vessels. Sometimes due to injury or infection, these nerves and blood vessels can die which can lead to pain and/or abscess of the tooth. When this happens we need to choose whether we keep the tooth or remove the tooth. If we decide to keep the tooth, root canal treatment is the only option possible at this point in time.
Root canal treatment is a way of saying we clean out the network of tunnels from any bacteria, infection, or debris from dead nerves or blood vessels which will then help clear any abscess which may have formed or stop the pain.
The procedure itself, unlike popular belief, is usually quite pain free aside from the pinch(s) you feel at the start when we anaesthetise the area. Once you are numb, generally there is no discomfort associated with the procedure. The hardest part is the fact that generally the procedure can take a little longer than a routine procedure to complete so we need you to keep your mouth open a little longer.
We will always run you through all the information you need both before and after the procedure.