Root canal therapy

Root canal therapy is required when the nerve (pulp) in a tooth has become damaged or infected through decay or injury.

When the pulp becomes infected the infection will spread from the pulp into the bone surrounding the tooth. In many cases an abscess will result and accompanying symptoms may include:-

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Mobility of the tooth
  • Root canal therapy involves removing the infected pulp and filling the empty void with an inert root filling material, usually gutta percha. Once the root canal therapy is completed the tooth shape and structure will need to be restored, often with a crown.

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