Root Canal Therapy
A badly infected or damaged tooth will require Root Canal Therapy (RCT) if the patient wishes to save the tooth. The tooth may have become infected due to decay, trauma, repeated dental work, wear and tear, gum disease, cracked fillings or a broken tooth that exposes the nerve. When the nerve of the tooth is dying it releases bacteria inside the tooth, this can create pain and pressure which is the result of an infection and abscess. Although we have many advances in dental technology to replace lost teeth, it is important to save your natural teeth wherever possible. Root Canal Therapy is an excellent option to save your natural tooth. Under local anaesthetic (The Wand) the dentist will access the dying nerve inside your tooth and remove it, the canals will be cleaned and sterilised, then sealed with a cement and rubber-like material. This therapy will be confined to the internal canal of your tooth and does not communicate with any other oral structures. Once the treatment is complete, crown placement is imperative to ensure the longevity of the tooth.