The sooner you see your dentist, the more likely they’ll be able to save your tooth. If your dentist diagnoses an infection of the dental pulp, they will recommend a procedure called root canal therapy.
Under local anaesthetic, your dentist will remove all the infected pulp and place a temporary filling in the gap. At a follow-up appointment, your dentist will check the infection is gone before permanently filling and sealing the tooth. Finally, your dentist will fit a crown to protect your newly repaired tooth.
Root canal therapy may also be necessary following significant trauma to a tooth, even if there is no infection present. In these cases, the intention is to prevent an infection, rather than treat one.
Root canal treatment is a common procedure and patients experience no more discomfort than a normal filling.Back to treatment