90 - 140 minutes
What is the treatment?
Root canal treatment, also known as Endodontic therapy, is a way of keeping a tooth, once the live part (the pulp) has become irreversibly damaged.
The pulp is a mixture of nerve fibres and tiny blood vessels that can become very inflamed (giving tooth ache) or die off (causing an abscess). This can happen either in the presence of tooth decay or after a heavy blow to the tooth.
The aim of the procedure is to painlessly remove the damaged pulp, under local anaesthetic, and remove any infection that may be present. Once the canals have been shaped, and disinfected they are filled with a special filling material to remove any space for bacteria to grow.