Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is the only means of saving a tooth in which the nerves and blood vessels have been damaged or died. A root canal treatment is used to repair and save a tooth that has badly decayed into the nerve of the tooth, become infected or damaged due to injury or trauma.
The treatment involves the removal of the nerve of the tooth and then disinfecting the inside of the tooth with an antibacterial solution. The root canals are then filled with rubber and the tooth is sealed to prevent re-infection. Once the tooth has healed you will be able to use it normally however it is usually recommended to have a crown placed on the tooth to prevent any fractures as the tooth is now more brittle.
Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and may form an abscess. This could result in pain and swelling as well as the loss of the tooth. Antibiotics are not effective in treating root canal infections as they do not resolve the underlying problem.