Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with diseases of the dental pulp, which is the living part of the tooth that contains the nerve and blood supply. The dental pulp can become diseased when bacteria have entered it, and this can result in death of the tooth, which may lead to infection, pain and tenderness.
Root canal therapy can usually be used to treat these teeth. This involves removal of the infected nerve tissue and cleaning and shaping of the root canals, prior to filling them with a plastic filling material.
There have been major advances in endodontics over the last 10 years. The equipment used to shape canals has changed and different ways of disinfecting the complex canal systems have been discovered. Here at Alstonville Dental we use these up to date materials and techniques.
Long term, a crown is usually necessary to protect the tooth, as root-treated teeth are prone to fracture. Our dentists are skilled in this area and are keen to preserve your dentition where it is appropriate and possible.
Root canal systems can be complex, and some teeth can be extremely difficult to treat effectively. In these situations, a referral to a specialist in this field is prudent, in order to have the best chance of getting a good result. These are dentists that have completed 3-4 years specialised training in this field.