Root canal treatment is a procedure performed by dentists to save your teeth by replacing a damaged or infected nerve with a root canal filling. Cleaning the nerve space and filling it removes the cause of infection and pain.
Root canal treatment is not painful. Instead it gets you out of pain! As the nerve is removed all feeling from the tooth is gone and you will no longer feel any hot or cold sensation within the tooth. Root canal treatment is only considered successful once all painful symptoms are gone and the canals are free from bacteria.
Root canal treatment will allow the tooth to be saved while also removing any of the above conditions. This is done by accessing the channels or canals where the nerve sits inside the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the area, followed by placing a filling to close the space where the nerve once was. A filling or crown is then done to seal the tooth off to prevent any new bacteria from getting back in!
There is nothing better than your own tooth so where possible we always do try and save natural teeth if there is enough remaining tooth structure. The other alternative would be to have the tooth extracted (taken out).
If you have any further questions regarding root canal treatment and what is involved, send us an enquiry or call us and speak to one of our dentists, who will be happy to provide you with all the information and guidance necessary to make an informed decision. If you are currently in pain, book an emergency appointment with one of our friendly dentists and they will diagnose and provide you with all your treatment options to help relieve you of your discomfort.