Root canal treatment
Root canal is a treatment that saves the tooth from infection in the root canal. This is caused at the centre of the tooth by bacteria present in the mouth. Root canal aims to reduce the bacteria by cleaning out the tooth, removing the nerve to prevent further pain and putting a filling in the canal to protect the tooth. The main aim of root canal is to save a tooth, rather than it being extracted, as root treatment can help teeth survive for up to 10 years.
The main reasons for undergoing root canal treatment are to save decaying or infected teeth, rather than taking this tooth out and being left with a gap.