Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is required when the nerve inside the tooth dies off. This can be caused by tooth decay, gum infection or trauma resulting in the death of the nerve and the blood supply to the tooth.
If left unchecked this can cause an abscess on the end of the roots. Commonly the tooth will be painful to biting or temperature changes. The pain can be severe and advice should be taken from your dentist as soon as possible.
A root filling involves removing the dying nerve removed from the numb tooth. The tooth is then cleaned and disinfected and sealed to prevent further infection.
Once it has been root filled it is sometimes necessary to restore it with a crown or inlay to strengthen the tooth. Your dentist will be able to advise you of the best option.