A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. The infection is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth when tooth decay occurs, or when fillings leak or when teeth are damaged by trauma, such as a fall.
During a root canal procedure the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. In most cases, the inflamed tissue at the end of the tooth will heal naturally. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and an abscesses may form.
Most people can prevent the need for further root canal treatment by maintaining good oral hygiene, reducing the amount of sugar consumption or by quitting smoking.
At Marrickville Dental Health Centre, we provide root canal therapy that preserves your tooth for years to come. Our highly trained dentists keep up to date on the latest procedures to ensure you get the most effective treatment available.