Inside your tooth’s hard outer shell of enamel and dentine is a nourishing pulp of blood vessels, lymph vessels and nerves. The root canals, which contain the pulp, extend to the bone.
An infected root canal looks like the following diagram:
Deep tooth decay, or an injury, can cause serious damage and infection to the pulp’s nerves and vessels. If left untreated this can cause an abscess spreading to the area outside of the tooth. Once the pulp is infected, the options for treatment are: Root Canal Treatment or Extraction.
Root canal, or endodontic, treatment cleans out the infected pulp chamber and repairs the damage. By doing this the tooth can be saved.
Some indications of the need for root canal treatment may be:
Here at the University Dental Centre, we take every care in ensuring a comfortable procedure for our patients. The animation below explains the procedure
You will be given a local anaesthetic during the procedure and this will make the treatment virtually painless.