Root Canal Treatment (Endodontics)
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure to treat infection in the root of a tooth (the root canal system). Root canal treatment is also called endodontics
The infection is commonly caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth when:
- tooth decay occurs
- fillings leak and gaps start to occur between filling and tooth
- teeth are damaged by trauma
- the body's natural defence mechanism is weak
To treat the infection in the root canal, the bacteria need to be removed. This can be done by:
- removing the tooth (extraction)
- attempting to save the tooth by removing the bacteria from the root canal system (root canal treatment)
In root canal treatment, once the bacteria are removed, the root canal is filled and the tooth is sealed with a filling/onlay or crown depending on how much tooth remains after treatment. In most cases, the inflamed tissue at the end of the tooth will heal naturally.
When we provide Root Canal Treatment it is generally pain free because of Dr Adam's unique technique of providing adequate local anaesthetic to numb the tooth. If the tooth is not severely infected it should be no more unpleasant than having a filling. The success of the procedure will vary depending on how infected the tooth is and how complex the root canal system within the tooth is. Teeth can get reinfected again at a later date even if they have been root filled. With modern techniques and the use of state of the art instruments and high quality materials that we use the success rates can be anywhere upto 90%.