The pulp has a path that runs down through the inside of the tooth and into the gum and jawbone. This path is known as a root canal because it helps to keep the tooth rooted in place. In some cases, a single tooth can have more than one root canal.

The term root canal is slightly misleading because it implies that the pulp and the root canal of the tooth are empty. However, the pulp and the root canal are made up of soft tissue that contains nerves and blood vessels.

If the pulp becomes infected by bacteria it will begin to die, which could result in the loss of the tooth. There is also the risk that the infection could spread down into the root canal, which may lead to the development of a painful dental abscess (a pus-filled swelling). The infection could then spread to your gums (gingivitis) or the tissue and bones that support your teeth (periodontitis).

 

Root canal treatment

Root canal treatment is designed to save the tooth and prevent the spread of infection. The damaged pulp is removed from the tooth and the root canal is then cleaned of all bacteria. After the bacteria has been removed, the root canal and pulp are filled in using an artificial substance, before being sealed.

 

Is root canal treatment painful?

While carrying out the procedure we are dealing with nerve tissue and with sufficient local anaesthetic the procedure will be painless. After treatment we reccommend painkillers and the tooth should settle within 24-48 hours. If this is not the case please call us to book an emergency appointment.

At Eastgate we use the latest equipment used to carry out the procedure please ask your dentist to advise you on the option available for the procedure.