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What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment involves removal of infected dental pulp (tooth nerve or root canal), disinfecting the space and filling it with an inert, biocompatible material called guttapercha. The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and is most commonly completed in one visit or may require additional visits.

In most cases, a temporary filling will be placed prior to a permanent filling. Once the root canal procedures are completed, you will return to your dentist where a permanent filling or crown will be placed.

Which tooth would require endodontic (root canal) treatment?

Root canal treatment is required for teeth whose pulp (root canal or nerve) is inflamed, infected or exposed to infection. Root canal treatment is performed to save the natural tooth.

Some of the main causes of inner tooth damage necessitating root canal treatment include:

  • Microbial infections – due to large untreated cavities or old failing fillings
  • Fractures and chips – When a large part of the surface or crown of the tooth has become completely detached
  • Injuries – Injuries to the teeth can be caused by a direct or indirect blow to the mouth area

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