Root Canal Therapy
If the nerve or pulp inside the tooth becomes badly infected or inflamed, we may need to do a root canal to save the tooth. Common causes of infected and inflamed nerves are extensive tooth decay, fractures, deep fillings, trauma or gum disease.
Common symptoms include dull and throbbing toothache, sensitivity to hot and cold, pain on biting, bad tastes and smells or pain that wakes you up at night. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is best to consult a dentist for early intervention.
The first stage of a root canal treatment involves cleaning and removing the infected and inflamed nerve. Once this is completed and the symptoms have resolved, the inside of the tooth is filled with a sealant and a restoration is placed. Shortly after, we may recommend a crown to protect the tooth from fracture and prevent reinfection of the tooth. This may take two to three appointments to complete.