When a healthy tooth becomes decayed and bacteria reaches down into the tooth roots, nerves and blood vessels, it can cause a painful infection of the tooth pulp. Root canal therapy aims to remove the infection, fill the canals and seal the tooth to protect it from further damage.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the alternatives to a root canal?
The only alternative to root canal therapy is an extraction to remove the infected tooth. Extraction is sometimes the only option if a tooth is too badly damaged to repair. Our dentists will make sure you know all of your options so you can make informed decisions about your oral health.
Is root canal painful?
A common misconception is that root canal treatment is painful. The pain experienced by people who require a root canal is from the infection in the tooth pulp. Once the infection has been removed, the pain should dissipate.
Kelmscott Dental also carry out root canal therapy using local anaesthesia to help numb the area during treatment.It’s common to experience anxiety or unease when it comes to dental or medical treatment. Ask us about sedation when you make an appointment.