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Getting to the Root of the Problem with Endodontics

585986_blogEndodontics is the specialist field of dentistry that deals with the tooth roots and the dental pulp. The pulp tissue is the living tissue of the tooth and tooth roots play an important role in oral health. It is important to take good care of your teeth and gums and to attend regular check-ups to reduce the risk of dental infections, injuries and abscesses.

About Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is an endodontic procedure usually recommended once the pulp tissue of the tooth has become infected. When the pulp is damaged or decayed, the blood supply to the tooth is reduced and the tooth begins to die. At this stage, there is risk of abscesses developing and infection spreading through the tooth.

Root canal treatment takes place under local anaesthetic and the aim of treatment is to reduce the risk of infection spreading and protect the tooth. Your City Dental dentist will numb your tooth to make sure that you don’t feel any discomfort at all, and then start the procedure by drilling into the tooth to reach the root canals. The decayed pulp tissue is removed from the root canals and your dentist will clean the tooth thoroughly to remove traces of bacteria and ensure that there is absolutely no decayed tissue remaining. The canals are then sealed using gutta percha, a dental filling material. We usually recommend fitting a new crown after treatment to make the tooth stronger.

Is root canal treatment painful?

Many people have a terrible impression of root canal treatment, but the truth is that there’s nothing to worry about as your tooth will be numbed before treatment starts. It is perfectly natural to be nervous and our experienced dentists will do everything they can to make your feel comfortable and reassure and calm you throughout the procedure.

Is there an alternative?

Often, root canal treatment is recommended when there is no other option but to extract the affected tooth.

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