Root canal treatment is a procedure where the nerve and blood supply of the tooth is removed followed by placement of a special filling in the canal space.
Reasons for performing the procedure include but not limited to:
- Tooth infection due to decay causing an abscess.
- Heavily filled teeth where the pulp of the tooth dies.
- Tooth fracture due to trauma, or occasionally elective root canal treatment may need to be carried out prior to other procedures.
Contrary to common belief, root canal treatment procedure is no more painful than having a filling placed in your tooth. Most root canal treated teeth need to be crowned after the treatment is completed