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Root Canal Fillings (Endodontic Treatment)

The centre of a tooth contains connective tissue, blood vessels and nerves, collectively known as dental pulp. The areas of dental pulp within a root are called root canals. If this tissue dies or becomes damaged, toothache or an abscess may result. Traditionally these teeth were extracted but now a root canal treatment can be offered. Circumstances in which a root canal treatment may be recommended include decay, deep fillings, trauma, tooth fracture and infection.

Your dentist will take an x-ray to determine the health and location of the dental pulp. Your dentist will drill a hole through the top of your tooth to access the root canals. They will clean and shape the root canals with a dental file and wash with a sterilising solution.  The root canals are then sealed with a root filling followed by a permanent filling.

Some teeth requiring root canal treatment are so badly damaged they will require a crown. These teeth are also weaker than natural teeth and a crown will provide more protection.

This page was last updated at 11:14AM on January 28, 2021.