Does it hurt?
No. A local anaesthetic is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done. Occasionally if the nerve has not completely died you may feel some sharp pains that can be deadened through medication of further anaesthetic.
What does it involve?
The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. It is a procedure that is successful most of the time but can fail at any time. In this case a repeated infection can occur.
Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist. At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. Any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle. The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.
What will my tooth look like after treatment?
Following root canal treatment we would always advise a crown is placed on the tooth as it is very hollow and brittle and at risk of fracturing.
What if I don't have the treatment?
The alternative is to have the tooth extracted. Once the pulp is destroyed, it can't heal and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth.