Dental pulp is the soft tissue in the middle of the tooth. It contains the blood and nerve supply of a tooth. If it becomes infected, due to decay, damage, or a leaky weak filling, then a root canal is needed to correct it.
If not treated, the infection will progress, leading to pain, swelling, and oozing pus. Ultimately, the tooth may need to be removed if the infection isn’t caught early enough.
What’s the treatment process like?
Performing a root canal treatment takes a long time and needs a highly skilled dentist. Luckily, modern dentistry has made the process a lot more comfortable than it used to be. The whole treatment will be conducted under anaesthetic and should not be painful.
The goal of the treatment is to completely remove the infection from the tooth. As it is a complicated treatment, it typically requires at least two visits to the dentist.