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Endodontics

Endodontics is also known as Root Canal Therapy

Root canal (endodontic) treatment is generally the only means of treating a tooth when the tissue in the middle of the tooth has been infected, damaged or has died. This tissue, called the pulp, contains nerves and blood vessels that help nourish the tooth. After the pulp is removed, the pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned, disinfected, filled and sealed.

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If you don’t have this done, an abscess will develop and this is frequently very painful, particularly when it flares up (an acute abscess). Even if you already have an abscess, Root Canal Treatment is generally the preferred option.

Successful Endodontic treatment depends on a high standard of technical ability, techniques and equipment. At Kendrick View our approach reflects this, and by using the best dental materials and techniques available we can ensure that our patients are provided with the very best root fillings.

What caused the problem with my tooth?

The most common cause of pulp damage is severe decay or a fracture that exposes the pulp to the bacteria that cause infection. Other causes of pulp damage include trauma such as a blow to the mouth, a broken filling, repeated fillings in a tooth, a cracked root or occasionally periodontal (gum) disease.

What are the benefits of endodontic treatment?

Endodontic treatment saves teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted. Although the pulp is removed, the treated tooth continues to be nourished by the surrounding tissues.

How many appointments are necessary?

Sometimes endodontic therapy is completed in one appointment but usually two or three visits are needed.

How long will the tooth last?

With proper restoration and care it may last a lifetime. Many root filled teeth should be crowned but your dentist will advise you of this. Of course the tooth still needs to be looked after with good oral hygiene.

What are the alternatives to endodontic treatment?

The alternative to endodontic treatment of an infected tooth is extraction. Gaps may cause problems with chewing and don’t look nice. If you decide to fill the gap, the options may be a denture, bridge or implant, all of which cost more than a root canal treatment.

What does the Endodontist do?

An Endodontist is an expert in all aspects of root canal treatments. Often they will see the more difficult cases. They usually work with a microscope so that they can see the finest of canals. Your dentist will refer you to see our endodontist, Joe Jubert, if they think this is necessary.

The endodontist will:

This is all done here at Kendrick View, using local anesthetic to ensure you are as comfortable as possible.

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