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Root canal therapy is carried out in three stages when the pulp is diseased or injured through bacteria leaking into the tooth. Bacteria eventually causes an infection inside the tooth forming an abscess. Other causes include decay, deep filling, trauma, tooth fracture, infection and sometimes there are no apparent causes.

Teeth requiring root canal treatment often have large fillings or extensive damage and are structurally weaker and will require a crown to restore them properly.

Stage 1

An opening is made through the top of the tooth. The pulp is removed,the root canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped to a form that can be filled.

Stage 2

Medication is then put in the root canals to help clear the infection. A temporary filling will be placed on top of the tooth.

Oral Antibiotics may be prescribed to help control infection if needed.

Stage 3

The temporary filling is removed and root canals are cleaned and filled.

Sometimes where there is insufficient tooth tissue remaining a reinforcing post may be needed prior to a crown being made.

Stage 4

The final step involves a crown placed over the tooth to protect the tooth.