Root canal treatment (endodontics) is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the centre of a tooth. The infection is caused by dental bacteria invading the tooth and getting to the pulp chamber at the centre of the tooth.
How does this happen?
- decaying tooth
- leaking filling
What are the symptoms ?
- pain when eating or drinking hot and cold food and drinks
- pain when biting and chewing
- swelling of the gum near the affected tooth
- tooth might feel loose
- facial swelling
How do we treat the affected tooth?
- the inflamed or infected pulp (nerve) is removed from the centre of the tooth and is carefully cleaned and disinfected
- the pulp chamber is then filled and sealed with a rubber like material
- afterwards the tooth is restored with a filling or crown