Endodontics

What is endodontics and what it does?

Root canal treatment is the removal of the tooth’s pulp, a small, thread-like tissue in the centre of the tooth. Once the damaged, diseased or dead pulp is removed, the remaining space is cleaned, shaped and filled. This procedure seals off the root canal. Years ago, teeth with diseased or injured pulps were removed.

Today, root canal treatment saves many teeth that would otherwise be lost.

The most common causes of pulp damage are: untreated caries or injury to a teeth. Failure to remove pulp damage, that is failure to start canal treatment may cause damages in the bone surrounding roots and many general complications.

Root canal treatment consists of several steps that take place over several office visits. Sometimes all endodontic treatments follow in one stage.

Root canal treatment is a time-consuming procedure, it requires expensive, specialist equipment, vast knowledge and skills. During canal treatment the doctor makes use of many state-of-the-art tools, such as: endometer, dental magnifying glasses, biostimulating laser, etc.

Sometimes it happens that teeth which had undergone tooth canal therapy require retreatment. It can often be seen on the x-ray image as a dark stain in the upper part of the tooth, but sometimes the symptom indicating the need for repeated endodontic treatment is pain or swelling in the patient’s mouth.

Canal treatment is related to considerable loss of hard tissues of the tooth, therefore following the end of therapy, the doctor recommends the patient to consider strengthening of the tooth using prosthetic crowns or    crown root inlay and crown. Tooth without the pulp is more prone to fracture. This is an important consideration when deciding whether to fill a tooth after root canal treatment or also strengthen it with a crown.

How long will the treated and strengthened dead tooth last?

Your treated and restored teeth can last a lifetime with proper care. Because tooth decay can still occur in treated teeth, good oral hygiene and regular dental exams are necessary to prevent further problems.

To determine the success or failure of root canal treatment, the most relied-upon method is to compare new
X-rays with those taken prior to treatment.

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