Root canal treatment
Endodontics is more commonly known as root canal treatment and is the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease or injury to the dental pulp.
The most frequent causes of injury to the pulp are extensive decay, deep fillings, trauma (such as a blow to the tooth), cracks and gum disease. When a pulp is left exposed to bacteria, infection can occur and if left untreated, can build up at the tip of the root, forming an abscess. This often causes pain and swelling and can lead to the destruction of the bone supporting the tooth. In these cases we remove the nerve of the tooth and the inside of the roots is also cleaned and then finally sealed. Your tooth will be anaesthetised, so treatment will be almost painless. This provides an alternative to extracting the tooth.