Root Canal Therapy is an area of dentistry dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the dental pulp.
What is root canal therapy?
A Root Canal (also known as Endodontic therapy) is a treatment that saves diseased or injured teeth.
A typical symptom of a severely decayed tooth or a tooth with a large filling is aching.
If your tooth starts to ache, you may require root canal therapy.
What is tooth pulp and why might it need to be removed?
The pulp is the soft tissue located inside the tooth. When the pulp is diseased or injured and unable to repair itself, it becomes infected. Root Canal treatment is the removal of the diseased pulp tissue, which will enable the body's defense system to repair the damage caused by the infection.
What happens after a root canal?
Following completion of the root canal procedure, the tooth will need to be restored. Due to the large amount of tooth structure usually lost from decay and old fillings the preferred restoration is a crown and post to give extra structural support.
An alternative to a root canal is extraction.