Root Canal Treatment
What is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is generally carried out over two appointments. During the first appointment the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and a dressing with temporary filling is placed.
After one to two weeks the second stage is carried out which involves disinfecting the inside of the tooth and then filling the space with a rubber-like material called gutta-purcha.
WHAT DOES ROOT CANAL TREATMENT ENTAIL?
Following this the tooth is then restored with a filling or a crown. As a guide we recommend crowning back teeth following root canal treatment to prevent the tooth from cracking. If there is not a huge amount of tooth structure left following the root canal, a post and core may need to be placed to support a crown. After the final restoration is placed this tooth will function like any other tooth.
Despite the jokes about root canal treatment being painful, modern treatment is similar to having a normal filling done, however it takes a bit longer.