Root canal treatment
Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) tackles infection at the centre of a tooth (the root canal system).
When the blood or nerve supply of the tooth has become infected and if root canal treatment is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.
During treatment, all the infection is removed from inside the root canal system and the canals cleaned and reshaped. The root canals are then filled with Guttapercha and the tooth is sealed with a filling or crown to stop it from becoming infected again. Root canal treatment may require more than one visit.