If you are a dentist and have heard the term endodontic treatment and wondered what it is, we are here to fully explain this process and examine some examples that may be necessary.
Simply put, endodontic treatment is a painless root canal treatment. When the nerve in the tooth or tooth core is diseased or injured, it must be corrected by a dentist to repair the tooth and provide the patient with pain relief. If this is not done, the patient may lose the tooth by having to have an extraction.
What can lead to root canal treatment?
When a tooth requires root canal treatment, decay (poor oral hygiene or susceptibility to decay due to genetics), repeated dental treatments on the tooth, or a tooth crack as a result of an accident or injury may cause this condition. These conditions cause infection in the soft tissue within the tooth, so this treatment is needed.
What are the symptoms that a tooth needs root canal treatment?
Explaining the symptoms to the dentist can help determine if you need a root canal treatment. If you have pain, try to make sure you notice the location of the pain, the duration of the pain, and any swelling. Your dentist will also carry out some additional checks – changes in tooth color, abscess and visible evidence of infection, and in some cases, an X-ray may be required to confirm the diagnosis..
What happens during root canal treatment?
During treatment, the tooth root, damaged or dead nerve tissue is cleared to completely eliminate the permanent bacteria that cause infection. The tooth will then be prepared to be filled with a so-called natural gutta-percha type of rubber. The tooth is then closed and a new crown is added to the tooth again to maintain its aesthetic properties. You will receive painkillers before this treatment is started, so you will not feel anything during the procedure.
Can root canal treatment fail?
Endodontic treatments normally have a great success rate, but some teeth may require more treatment if the bacteria are not completely eradicated. When it comes to repairing a tooth in this way, there are also different levels of complexity – a posterior tooth can contain three or four nerve roots which makes treatment difficult. In some cases, the tooth can be in great danger even before the treatment is started and in this case it cannot be repaired and other long-term solutions must be evaluated instead.
At Docklands Dental, our endodontic treatments are state-of-the-art, thanks to our modern technology, digital x-rays and special anesthetics to improve patient comfort. We have expertise in many applications that root canal / endodontics do not have. Our specialist performs this treatment under a microscope, providing a high success rate for even the most complex cases as well as the highest standard of patient care. If you still have questions about endodontic treatment, please ask us – we are here to help.