RCT is required when the tooth in question is either infected (abscessed) or severely inflamed. The only alternative option is to extract the tooth.
Damage can occur from:
- Cracks in teeth and under fillings can cause a tooth to become abscessed or inflamed as well.
- Gum disease
- Extreme wear
- Prior extensive dental work
- Decay (bacteria) getting into the nerve system of the tooth (the root canals and pulp chamber)
In root canal therapy, we make a small opening to where the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels are. We clean the space, dress it, seal it and cover it with either a filling or a crown to strengthen.
Here at Paul Beath Dental we use a Zeiss microscope to assist with root canal therapy, which improves accuracy of treatment.