Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp (the nerve of the tooth which causes toothache), the soft tissue in the centre of the tooth, becomes irreversibly inflamed or infected.
Your dentist removes the infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the root canal, then fills and seals the root canal space.
The dentist will then place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. After restoration the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
Sometimes a tooth with a dead nerve may have darkened over time, but following root canal treatment such teeth can be internally bleached to restore the natural colour to the tooth.
You may have heard stories about it being uncomfortable – here at North Fitzroy Dental we take extra care and spend the time with you to make it as pleasant a procedure as possible so it’s not too different to getting a filling.