What is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal therapy (or endodontics) can help prevent a tooth from being extracted by removing infected or inflamed pulp from inside the tooth. Full of nerves and blood vessels, the pulp is the ‘living’ tissue at the heart of the tooth. It can become infected due to bacteria entering via areas of decay, a deep filling or damage to the tooth.
Once we have removed the pulp, we seal the root and then finish off with a permanent filling or crown, ensuring the tooth is kept well-protected in future. Even though the pulp is removed, the tooth remains functional as it is kept nourished by the surrounding vital tissues.