Endodontics/Root Canal

Endodontics is concerned with the soft tissue at the centre of each tooth, also referred to as ‘pulp’ or ‘nerve’. When this tissue becomes infected or inflamed, root canal or extraction treatment is often required.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

  • Severe pain in the tooth

  • Swelling or sensitivity of the gum

  • Sometimes discolouration

  • Formation of a cavity which can be seen.

  • Treatment needs to be prompt as inaction can cause bacteria to begin eroding the bone around the tooth, leading to an abcess.

Root Canal
Root Canals

What’s involved?

Root canal treatment involves removing the infected tissue or pulp, which is then cleaned and replaced with a filling material and finally a sealant to stop bacteria re-entering the tooth.

Often times, a crown is suggested if the tooth is in danger of being re-infected or fractured.

Regular assessments and x-rays are encouraged to ensure infection isn’t persisting.

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