Often when you have a cavity, the simple solution is to just get a filling. Things aren’t always that simple, though, and sometimes more drastic action is needed. A root canal, or endodontics, is a procedure usually carried out when there is an infection located deep within the tooth, in the root canal system. The infection itself can be caused by many different factors, from bacteria settling in cavities in the tooth, to an injury, to a damaged denture. However, the treatment remains largely the same- the bacteria are removed by cleaning out the root canal, which is then filled in to prevent further infection. Everything is done under local anaesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.
Root canals often prevent the need to have a tooth extracted, which would be the main alternative. In as many as 9 out of 10 cases, teeth which have undergone a root canal last ten years or more after the procedure has been carried out, meaning you have much less chance of needing your tooth extracted and a denture fitted. MedCity Teeth will be able to carry out a successfully root canal treatment for you, keeping your mouth healthy and your teeth safe and sound, without the need for extraction.