What is it?
Endodontics is the study and treatment of dental pulp and is sometimes used to refer to root canal treatment in particular. The pulp is a soft mass of tissue within the root that holds your tooth in the jaws. It can become infected if the tooth suffers from decay or injury, leading to an abscess and toothache. Root canal treatment involves removing dead pulp and filling the remaining space.
What does the treatment involve?
Your dentist will make an x-ray of your teeth to reveal the shape of the root canals and also show areas where they are infected. You will be given a local anaesthetic before the dentist makes an opening through the top of your tooth to get to the pulp. The dead pulp will be removed and a temporary filling may be put in place. If the infection has spread you will be given antibiotics and you will have to complete the treatment during another visit. If not, your dentist will permanently fill the root canals and add a crown or filling to the cavity.
What are the benefits?
- Once the dead pulp is out the tooth ache will cease very quickly
- Root canal treatment prevents the spreading of the infection beyond the tooth and avoids tooth extraction
- Usually lasts for many years but can also be re-treated if the infection comes back