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Root canal treatment
No one ever wants a root canal. But when it can’t be avoided, you want it done right.
At Mint Dental, we have extensive root canal experience and recommend it when you’re at risk of losing a tooth, or want to avoid a dental implant or bridge.
When is root canal treatment necessary?
Each tooth has a fine channel known as a root canal. This canal houses the dental pulp, which is made up of nerves and blood vessels. If the dental pulp becomes diseased or begins to die, it can cause toothache or swelling. In the past, the only way to deal with this was to remove the problem tooth, but thanks to root canal treatment, these teeth can now be saved. If you have a tooth that’s been badly damaged by decay, disease or injury, you may need a root canal.
How is a root canal performed?
Once we’ve identified the problem, we like to get started as soon as possible. Over a number of visits, we enter the top of the tooth and access the root canal. We then remove the infected pulp and disinfect the space. Once this is done, we use fine dental files to shape the canal, and wash it with a sterilising solution before sealing it with a final filling. We may also prescribe antibiotics in the event of any infection.