Root canal treatment is the process of removal of infected pulp (commonly known as the nerve of tooth) and bacteria, and then filling the empty space with an inert filling material, usually gutta percha.
An infected pulp may be symptomless (picked up by dentist during a routine check and X-ray) or you may be in acute pain.
Once the pulp is infected, the tooth either needs a root canal treatment or to be extracted. Usually it’s best to keep the natural tooth in place, because tooth replacements such as bridges and dentures don’t function as well. We prefer to avoid extractions whenever we can.
After a thorough evaluation of the tooth, the bite and the supporting bone, Dr Goyal will be able to advise you whether root canal treatment is a good option for the tooth in consideration.