Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury. You may not feel any pain in the early stages of the infection. In some cases, your tooth could darken in colour which may mean that the nerve of the tooth has died (or is dying), sometimes there’s no option but to take it out. However, often it can be saved by root canal treatment.
No need to lose a tooth
So, rather than taking out the tooth, we get rid of the damaged nerve, leave the tooth in place, and put a permanent filling where we’ve taken out the nerve. Or, if the tooth’s been too badly damaged, we’ll shape it and then return it to its original shape by putting a crown on top, matched to the natural colour of the teeth on either side.