Endodontics is a field of dentistry that treats infection at the centre of the tooth. A root canal procedure is the most common treatment performed by an endodontist.
Your tooth is made up of 3 layers, the enamel, dentine and pulp. If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. If root canal treatment is not done, the infection will spread and may result in the tooth needing extraction.
The endodontic root canal treatment is often referred to by the same name, although endodontists and others in the dental field refer to it as a root canal procedure, therapy, or surgery.
It is important to visit a dentist or a specialist in endodontics when symptoms of a root canal problem first emerge. When one experiences tooth pain or has a deep cavity, an x-ray is usually recommended in order to find out how close the damage is to the nerve inside the pulp chamber of the tooth. Often, if a cavity is found to be near the pulp, it is likely that the pulp will have already become infected. In this case, a root canal procedure will eliminate the pain and remove any infected tissue. If tooth infection is allowed to continue untreated, the patient may lose the tooth completely, which could then lead to dental implant or dental bridge treatment.
The start of a root canal treatment involves cleaning the infected pulp by removing any abscesses so that the infection can be drained. The dentist will remove the tissue within the pulp chamber and clear any remaining nerve tissue from the root canals. A medication is left in the tooth before proceeding to the next stage. The second stage of root canal treatment is where the canals are cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle.
If you have been advised that you require root canal treatment, visit us at the practice for a consultation and find out more about how we can help you. Contact us via our website or directly by telephone at the practice today.