An endodontic (root canal) treatment is generally needed where decay has degenerated the tooth to the point of infection, or the serious likelihood of infection. It involves removing all the pulp inside the tooth that is infected or inflamed to avoid the infection spreading to surrounding tissues (bone, ligaments or gum).

Endodontics process

Advances in technology, as well as the use of microscopes and other high-tech instruments have led to enormous changes in the field of endodontics in the recent years. Root canals have more than 92% success rate and can be completed mostly in one single session – except in cases with extreme infection. In most cases, it is completely painless and generally fairly comfortable for the patient.

Before commencing the treatment, your endodontic specialist will numb the affected tooth and the surrounding area. He/she will remove the pulp using specialized tools, thoroughly clean out the root canal in order to prevent future infection, and put a temporary filling. This later needs to be replaced by a permanent filling followed by fitting of a crown to protect the tooth against further damage.

Caring for Your Tooth After Treatment Because of inflammation, your tooth might be tender for up to three days after the treatment. Your endodontic specialist will explain any future symptoms you may expect and the best way to address them.

As mentioned, once treatment is completed, the tooth needs to be restored permanently as soon as possible, with a permanent filling and a crown to avoid fracture or further damage.

A follow-up is highly recommended at a time determined by your endodontic specialist to check on the healing process. Further to this, brushing twice a day, flossing last thing at night and maintaining six-monthly dental check-ups are essential for the ongoing preventive maintenance of your teeth.

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