Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment involves drilling a hole into a tooth and removing the soft pulp at the centre of the tooth. This treatment is usually indicated to save a badly infected or damaged tooth, where there is damage or infection in the dental pulp. This may lead to the formation of an abscess at the tooth’s root, putting it at risk of requiring extraction.
The extraction and replacement of your tooth is not ideal as your own tooth works better than an artificial tooth, and replacing a tooth is sometimes a complex and drawn-out process.
Signs and symptoms that indicate you may require a root canal treatment include:
• Severe toothache when chewing
• Significant hold or cold insensitivity
• Dark change in tooth colour
• Swollen and tender gums
• A persistent ‘pimple’ on the gums, or a hole in the tooth
• Facial or neck swelling