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Root Canal Treatment

Root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp) and cleaning and disinfecting it, then filling and sealing it. The common causes affecting the pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth or trauma to it. The term "root canal" comes from cleaning of the canals inside the tooth's root. If left untreated it can lead to infection and inflammation which can cause an abscess, which may result in the whole tooth having to be extracted. Root canal is a dental procedure in which the diseased or damaged pulp (core) of a tooth is removed and root canals are filled and sealed.

Why not just remove the tooth?

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Inflamed or infected pulp often causes a toothache. To relieve the pain and prevent further complications, the tooth may be extracted or it may be saved by a root canal treatment. Root canal treatment is often perceived as painful, but it can actually relieve pain and save the existing tooth.

Advantages of Root Canal treatment

-    Safe and effective treatment to remove bacteria and any infection from tooth

-    Prevents further infection

-    Allows the natural tooth to be saved

Procedure

1.     The entire canal space of diseased pulp tissue and bacteria is cleaned out

2.     If there are any abscesses, these are removed

3.     The root canal is cleaned and shaped ready for filling

4.     The canal is temporarily filled

5.     The tooth is left to settle, then checked over at 2nd appointment

6.     If all clear of infection then the tooth is permanently filled

7.     Once treatment has been performed a crown can be placed over the tooth to protect it