It is a dental procedure where inflamed or dead pulp tissue is removed from the tooth and then filled with a biocompatible material.
A root canal filling is needed if the soft pulp tissue inside of the tooth becomes infected or dies, usually as a result of decay or injury. Sometimes the inflammation causes pain or an abscess can develop.
Your dentist may take X-rays of the tooth to show the extent of the infection. The number of root canals to be filled also depends on the size of the tooth, with larger teeth having more root canals. The diseased tissue is carefully removed from the root canals, which are then thoroughly cleaned before being filled. The tooth is then sealed to prevent re-infection.
It normally takes two visits to complete a root filling treatment. At the first appointment, the root canal will be treated and then a temporary filling will be placed. Once healing has taken place, the temporary filling will be replaced and the tooth sealed at the second appointment. It might be recommended that a crown would be beneficial if it is felt that one is needed to strengthen the root-filled tooth.
The procedure is carried out using a safe and effective local anaesthetic. The area around the tooth will be completely numb and your dentist will make sure you are comfortable throughout.Back to General Dentistry