Root canal treatment  -  Inflammation of the root canal

A root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) has been infected by decay or injury. You may (or often: may not) feel pain in the early stages of the infection. In some cases, the colour of the tooth will become darker, which may mean that the nerve of the tooth has died or is dying. This will need root canal treatment.

If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. This may eventually lead to an abscess. An abscess is an inflamed area in which pus collects and can this cause swelling of the tissues around the tooth. The symptoms of an abscess can range from a dull ache to severe pain and the tooth may be tender when you bite. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.

Root canal treatment (endodontic treatment)

A root canal treatment, or endodontic treatment, requires usually two office visits. It can sometimes be very difficult to find the root canals. For this reason your dentist can decide to refer you to a specialist in our dental office.

If the root canals have been found, they will be cleaned and filled with a filling material. The cleaning has to be performed very carefully to check that no remains of the infected pulp will be left. To make sure that the canals are really clean, our office makes use of a microscope to check this. This is important, because when this is not the case the infection will come back.

infection of the rootcanal treatment of the rootcanal by the endodontist healthy situation after treatment by the endodontist
Before treatment           After treatment                Cured

Endodontic retreatment 

Sometimes, when a root canal treatment took place in the past, the infection did not disappear or grew back. One reason for this can be that the root canal was not found, or was not totally cleaned. In this case you can be reffered to our dental office for a new treatment.

If you and your endodontist choose for a retreatment, the endodontist will reopen your tooth to gain access to the root canal filling material. In many cases, complex restorative materials - crown, post and core material- must be disassembled and removed to permit access to the root canals. After having removed the canal filling, the specialist will clean the canals and carefully examine the inside of your tooth with the use of a microscope, and search for any additional canals or unusual anatomy that require treatment.

After having cleaned the canals, the endodontist will fill and seal them and place a temporary filling in the tooth. If the canals are unusually narrow or blocked, the endodontist may recommend endodontic surgery. This surgery involves making an incision to allow the other end of the root to be sealed.

infection of the rootcanal

retreatment by the endodontist
healthy situation after treatment by the endodontist
       Before treatment             After treatment                 Cured


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Root canal treatment


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