What is a root canal?
Endodontics is more commonly known as root canal treatment. It is necessary when the blood and nerve supply (pulp) of the tooth is infected through decay or injury. This can lead to the common “dental abscess” and severe dental pain and facial infections. Endodontic therapy removes this dead or dying tissue thereby sterilising this area of the tooth and preventing such problems.
It is very important to treat root canal problems at the earliest possible stage. Leaving the infection untreated causes a lot of pain and can be dangerous.
We are fully equipped for Endodontic and Restorative procedures. Our surgical microscope, essential for many of the finely detailed procedures, is in everyday use, as are ultrasonics, periodontal regeneration and other aids to successful operative treatment. Dental Implant treatment is also provided.
Except in cases of emergency, patients will only be accepted following referral by letter or by telephone call and letter. No referred patients will be seen in the practice for treatment other than that specified in the referral letter.
BEFORE AND AFTER
This example shows a re-root treatment
The Before image shows a root filling that has lost its seal and allowed an abscess to form at the root tips (the darker area at the root ends)
The After image shows that healing has occured after approximately 8 months
The tooth was re-crowned and is still functioning and is completely symptom-free