Root canal treatment is the removal of the tooth’s nerve tissue (pulp) due to infection and or pain. The most common causes of nerve problems are severe cracking, deep decay or injury, and trauma. When a toothache occurs it may be that the nerve of the tooth has been affected.
In the past most teeth with nerve damage were removed, however with root canal therapy some nerve damage teeth may be saved. This treatment is performed under local anaesthetic; once the damaged, diseased or dead pulp is removed the remaining space is cleaned, shaped and filled. The tooth is then sealed, filled and often crowned. Root canal treatments are proven to have good long term success rates.