Dr Marie Sullivan Associate Dentist with patient

Endodontics

Endodontics is the treatment of the roots of the teeth. We’ve all heard of Root canal treatment (RCT), this is the process of cleaning out the roots of the tooth and filling it with a medical grade plastic known as Gutta Percha, to seal the root and prevent the infection from coming back. All of our dentists perform RCT however sometimes for various reasons the dentists may need to refer to one of our trusted colleagues.

Frequently Asked Questions

Endodontics is a branch of dentistry focused on the study and treatment of dental pulp and the tissues surrounding the roots of a tooth. Endodontic procedures commonly include root canal treatments aimed at saving damaged or infected teeth.

Signs indicating the need for Endodontic treatment include severe tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling around the tooth, and tenderness when chewing or touching the tooth. Consultation with a dentist is crucial for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

During a root canal procedure, the infected or damaged pulp inside the tooth is carefully removed, and the interior of the tooth is cleaned, disinfected, and sealed to prevent further infection. This helps in saving the tooth and alleviating pain.

Contrary to common belief, Endodontic treatment is performed under local anaesthesia, ensuring that patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure. After treatment, any discomfort can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

While rare, it is possible for a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment to become reinfected. Regular dental check-ups and proper oral hygiene practices are essential for preventing reinfection and maintaining oral health.

The duration of a root canal procedure varies depending on the complexity of the case. Generally, a root canal can be completed in one to two appointments, with each appointment lasting approximately 60 to 90 minutes.