Root Canal Treatment at Ambience Dental Practice in Swindon

Root treatment (sometimes called endodontics) is needed when the nerve in the tooth is infected through decay or trauma. You may not feel any pain in the early stages and the tooth may appear darker which may mean the nerve in the tooth is dying. If the pulp is infected you may experience an abscess. The symptoms of an abscess can range from a dull ache to severe pain. If root treatment is not carried out the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.

The aim of a root treatment is to remove all of the infection in the root canal. The root is cleaned, then filled to prevent any further infection. Root treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Treatment can involve 2 or more visits, although it can be completed in one long appointment. Root treatment is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back it is sometimes possible to repeat the treatment, but in some cases the tooth will need to be taken out. Root treated teeth are more brittle so it may be necessary to restore the tooth with a crown which will provide more strength and support for the tooth.

Root treatment is a complex dental procedure, which your dentist can normally perform. However, sometimes it is necessary to refer you to a specialist endodontist this treatment when the roots are curved or access is difficult. This can be discussed with your dentist.