Aching teeth with nerve damage need to have the tooth nerve removed by a careful procedure to make them pain-free. This is known as root canal treatment and is a great alternative therapy to extraction. Once the nerve chamber is cleaned and space-filled, the tooth usually requires a crown to stop it from cracking or chipping.
What to expect when having root canal treatment
- The dentist will numb the tooth needing treatment
- A special rubber barrier is placed to isolate the tooth and to make the visit easier on the patient
- The nerve chamber is accessed, the nerve removed and space cleaned
- The special filling material is carefully placed into the space
- The access point is sealed with a filling
- A crown is required over the filling to support tooth strength and durability
Root-filled teeth need to be cared for just like any other teeth. We recommend 6-monthly routine dental check-ups and cleaning along with diligent home oral hygiene, to help the treated tooth last a long time.