Endodontic treatment or root canal treatment may be required to save the tooth that has been severely damaged from decay or injury. Saving your own tooth has many benefits as it is usually stronger and efficient for chewing and biting. A tooth may require a root canal treatment if their tooth has gained an infection. This can be caused by many different reasons like a deep cavity, extreme wear or trauma.
The dentist will assess the tooth by taking an x-ray of the entire tooth so that they can plan the best and safest way to start the procedure. Local anaesthesia is given to block the discomfort you may be experiencing, and a sheet of rubber dam is used to isolate the tooth to keep it clean and dry during the procedure. Your dentist will always talk to you about all your options before proceeding with any treatment. They will listen to your concerns and chat to you compassionately about the treatment ahead.