Root Canal Treatment

Sometimes your dentist would recommend root canal therapy as a treatment option to save your tooth. It is when the infection has reached the inside chamber of your tooth and might be the only option to save it.

What is a root canal- Your teeth are made up of three layers which include enamel (outer layer), dentin (Middle layer) and the pulp which consists of the nerves and blood vessels and resides in the hollow internal chamber and canals in the roots of your teeth.

Why do I need Root Canal Therapy?

There are various reasons that bacteria can get into the nerve of the tooth, most commonly due to tooth decay, trauma, cracks, old fillings or crowns. This can lead to:

- Infection
- Swelling
- Pain
- Mobility of your tooth

Sometimes there are no specific symptoms and the issue is picked up on a routine x-ray. This is another reason why regular check-ups are so important.

Root canal therapy is then required to treat and save your tooth.

How is Root Canal Therapy is done?

This is normally carried out over 2 appointments. This entails removing the pulp and cleaning the internal chambers and canals of your teeth. These are sealed with a special filling material.

Who is an Endodontist?

An endodontist is a specialist dentist who has been further trained to do root canal treatments to a higher level. They can treat teeth with a failed root canal treatment, broken instrument, complexities with a much better success rate. They normally use special equipment to carry out these procedures such as a microscope.

We are fortunate here to have Norman Gutkin as our specialist Endodontist who has more than 20 years of experience in root canal treatments.