Root canal treatment (Endodontics) is usually what becomes the choice of treatment when the nerve & blood supply (known as the pulp) is infected either being from decay or injury.
When the pulp becomes infected, it spreads through the root canal system of gene tooth.It does not usually invade the neighbouring tooth.
The concept is to remove all infection from the root canal..The root is then cleaned and filled so that no other infection occurs.There is a lot of time and skill devoted to the care in the delivery of treatment .The treatment should not feel any different to an ordinary filling being done.
The dentist will require two or three appointments to complete the root canal therapy.
What will the tooth be like afterwards?
In the past the tooth would often darken after treatment.However with modern approaches it does not usually happen.
It is usually advised that the tooth have a porcelain crown placed on it so it strengthens the tooth.