Root canal is a dental procedure carried out to treat infection found at the centre of a tooth in the root canal system. The infection is caused by bacteria that lives in our mouths. If we have tooth decay, a leaky filling or have damaged our teeth as a result of trauma; bacteria can start to invade our teeth causing tooth ache, sensitivity, swelling and in some cases creating a bad taste in the mouth. Often, root canal treatment can save a tooth that would have otherwise required extraction.
The cleaning process involves the removal of the diseased or damaged pulp tissue from the root canal. Once cleaned, the root canal will then be filled with dental material. A root canal procedure can, for some, seem daunting, however the treatment is often comfortable and pain free.