Endodontics, or root canal treatment, is done to cure infection or inflammation of the nerve of the tooth. This can be caused by bacteria from a cavity, leakage of dental fillings or trauma. In order to save the tooth, the decay must be removed and the root canals cleaned and disinfected with special instruments and irrigation. Afterwards, the root canal is filled with a special rubber material and the tooth is then sealed and reinforced with a filling or crown.
Root canal treatment is done under local anaesthetic and should not be any more uncomfortable than a normal filling. The success rate of root canals is between 85%- 95%, so they are an excellent way to save your tooth from extraction.
Root canal therapy helps you keep your own teeth and maintain your natural smile, meaning you can preserve your natural appearance.
Saving your natural tooth means you are able to maintain normal biting forces and enable efficient chewing.
Most teeth that have had root canal treatment will, with proper care, last as long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime.
Keeping your natural tooth through endodontic treatment should limit the need for ongoing dental work and protect other teeth from excessive wear or strain.