Root Canal Treatments
Root canal treatment (or endodontics) means removing damaged or dead pulp and filling the space with a special filling material.
Usually a root treatment is done under a local anaesthetic and a small opening is made through the top of the tooth. Small files are used to remove the dead pulp tissue from the root canals. We may put a temporary dressing in the tooth and give you antibiotics if the infection has spread beyond the tooth. At the next stage we can usually fill the root canals and fill the tooth. Often we need to crown the tooth to protect it from fracturing.
Occasionally if inflammation persists at the tip of the root, surgery can be carried out to remove part of the root and clean the area. This is known as an apicectomy.