Endodontics is a specialised field of dentistry. It requires the professional to study an additional 2 years on top of the regular 4 years to become a dentist. Endodontics involves treating the inner pulp of the teeth. Root canal treatment is often required to save a tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted and the treatment involves several key stages.
Reasons for Root Canal Treatment
There are numerous reasons why your dentist might refer you to an endodontist for root canal treatment.
- Infected tooth pulp
- Gum disease
- Accidental damage
This is often referred to as ‘the art of saving teeth’ and there are several key stages of the treatment that might take as long as 3 weeks to complete.
The Root Canal Treatment Process
Fortunately, there is affordable North Shore, Sydney endodontics from a very experienced professional and the treatment involves several key stages, which are as follows:
- Removal of infected tooth pulp
- The shaping of the entire root canal system
- The thorough cleaning and disinfection of the root canal system
- The filling of a composite material and sealing the canal
- Adding a crown
This might take 3-4 visits to the dentist and a temporary crown would be fitted until the finished crown can be fitted.
Saving Your Teeth
Simply put, root canal treatment allows you to keep the tooth, which would otherwise have to be removed due to infected pulp, which can spread if not treated. Losing a single tooth might not sound too bad, after all, it’s only a single tooth, yet the removal will seriously affect the two teeth on either side, and you certainly don’t want that. This is one of the main reasons to choose root canal treatment rather than extraction and in almost all cases, the dentist would recommend root canal treatment is it is possible to save the tooth.
The dentist would administer local anaesthetic for the root canal treatment to numb the target area and a good endodontist would deliver a pain-free treatment experience. If you are one of those people who fears dental treatment, there is nothing to worry about and dentists are able to make the patient feel at ease.
If you are suffering from any form of oral discomfort, you should make an appointment with your local dentist who can carry out a thorough examination. In the event that root canal treatment is recommended, the dentist would either carry out the treatment or refer you to an endodontist and the treatment plan can be compiled.
Every dentist would agree that it is better to save a tooth with root canal treatment than to have to remove it and an experienced endodontist can carry out the treatment over 3-4 dental appointments. While regular dentists can usually do this treatment, you are advised to seek out an experienced endodontist who will ensure that the tooth pulp is removed, and the canal is filled with a composite material.