The aim of root canal treatment is to save a tooth that has been badly damaged due to decay, disease or injury. We save hundreds of teeth each year from having to be removed by performing root canal treatment. Most people prefer to save their own natural tooth rather than have an artificial replacement.

If you lose a tooth you might experience problems with biting, chewing and oral health. For example, nearby teeth can move out of their normal position and tilt into the space left by a missing tooth. This can make chewing and biting difficult, and can lead to further decay and gum disease around the tilted teeth.

This treatment is successful in most cases. If you take good care of the treated tooth, it may last for many years and possibly the rest of your life. Your tooth will not be treated unless the treatment is likely to succeed. Root canal treatment may not be appropriate in some cases, and extraction may be the best, or only, option.