Root canal treatment, or endodontic treatment, is a technique used to save a tooth that has been badly damaged due to decay or injury

When the blood supply to the tooth’s pulp – made up of soft tissue consisting of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue that extend from the base of the crown (the visible part of the tooth above the gum line) to the tip of each root – is cut off, the pulp dies. The most common cause of pulp death is from swelling of the pulp, caused by:

  • Deep decay
  • An injury or trauma
  • A crack or chip in the tooth
  • Broken fillings
  • Deep fillings
  • Extreme clenching and grinding

Root canal therapy has a success rate of over 95% and, with the administration of anaesthetic, can be completed with no discomfort.

Depending on the severity of the infection, your current oral health and several other influencing factors, you may require several appointments.