But, what’s a root canal?
Root canal treatment involves removing dead or damaged nerves and blood vessels in the root of the infected tooth. The root is then thoroughly cleaned to ensure the removal of all infected tissue.
Finally, the canal is filled with a specially adapted rubber material called gutta percha. The tooth is sealed with a temporary filling or crown in order to protect it from future infection. This may all occur at one session, or, if necessary, the patient will be asked to return for a subsequent appointment.
You will then be referred back to your usual dentist for a permanent restoration, which is usually a crown but can also be a filling, depending on your case.
The long-term success of root canal treatment is well proven and provides most patients with a reliable and lasting result.