Root canal therapy is perceived as an uncomfortable and painful procedure, which many people delay having. However the main purpose of root canal therapy is to relieve pain caused by an infected nerve.
The tooth is saved and restored back to its full function and appearance. Infection can be caused through an accident, where the tooth has received a heavy blow, or from deep decay. If left untreated, an abscess may develop causing severe pain and the likelihood of the tooth needing to be removed.
Through advancements in dental technology, in conjunction with the use of specially developed fine instruments, the Life Dental team can remove the infected nerve, then seal and protect your root canal chamber with tiny cone shaped fillers. Your tooth may then be restored with a high quality porcelain crown.
Some common causes of nerve infection include:
- Severe decay.
- Fracture of the tooth from an accident.
- A cracked or missing filling that has been left untreated.
Root canal therapy has a success rate of over 95% and with the administration of anaesthetic, is a procedure that can be completed with minimal discomfort. Depending on the severity of the infection, your current oral health and several other influencing factors, you may require several appointments.