Root canal treatment involves removing the pulp, which is a small thread-like piece of tissue from the centre of the tooth. Once the dead, diseased or damaged pulp is removed, the space it occupied is cleaned, shaped, then filled. This procedure seals up the root canal, stopping ingress of bacteria.
The most common reasons for needing root canal treatment are:
- Trauma causing irreversible damage to the pulp.
- Extensive decay in the tooth resulting in a deep cavity.
- A cracked tooth.
It is normal to restore a root treated tooth with a crown as the tooth tends to be more brittle after removing the pulp, and this can help to ensure a positive long term outcome.
For more information about root canal treatment contact us at Nedlands Dental.