Endodontics

Endodontics is a common dental procedure of which many thousands are performed worldwide every year. It is also known as
root canal treatment.

Endodontics Treatment

At the centre of the tooth is the nerve or dental pulp. The nerve in the tooth may become infected for several reasons:

  • Tooth decay
  • Trauma to the tooth, such as a bump playing contact sport
  • Repeated previous extensive dental work such as fillings, crowns, and bridges
  • Cracks or chips in teeth

Symptoms of infection may include swelling of the gum, pain with hot or cold drinks, or pain on biting. Root canals treatment aims to stop the pain, remove the infection and seal the inside of the tooth to prevent it happening again.

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How is Root Canal Treatment Performed?

The infected dental pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. A rubber sheet (rubber dam) is routinely used throughout the procedure to isolate the tooth to help disinfect the tooth thoroughly. This treatment is usually carried out with the use of a microscope and under local anaesthetic.

Treatment is normally completed in a couple of visits, this will depend on the tooth needing treatment. Root canal treatment is successful in around 90% of cases. If your tooth is not suitable for root canal treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or during the treatment. The alternative to root canal treatment is often removal of the tooth.  If this happens, consideration can be given to replacing the tooth with an implant, bridge or partial denture, this can be discussed with your own dentist or one of our in house restorative Specialists.
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Does it Hurt?

Root canals treatment has a reputation for causing pain. If done properly, this should never be the case. All treatment will be carried out under local anesthetic, so there should be no reason that the treatment should be uncomfortable.