Root canal treatment, or endodontic treatment, is needed when a tooth’s nerve is infected, inflamed or it is beginning to die.
What causes this inflammation or infection?
An infected, inflamed or dying nerve can be caused by multiple factors, including:
- A cavity, filling or crown breakdown
- Any teeth that have suffered chips or cracks
- Accidents, traumas or injuries
- Gum disease
- Extensive wear-and-tear
These symptoms may indicate that you need root canal treatment:
- Swelling, extreme sensitivity or pain in the gums around a tooth
- Significant sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Tooth discolouration
Root canal treatment will usually take two to three visits so that the inside of the infected tooth can be properly cleaned, shaped and filled once the nerve is removed. A filling is fitted on top of your natural tooth to make it completely functional and comfortable.
A crown is also recommended for those who have undergone root canal treatment, as the tooth starts to weaken and become brittle without its nerve. A crown protects your teeth and makes them easier to use. This is usually recommended between three and six months after your root canal treatment, just to be sure that the root has settled first.
If you suffer from any of the symptoms above, please call our office to book your consultation.