Endodontics

Root Canal Treatment

Endodontics is the prevention, diagnosis and management of diseases involving the tooth pulp and the tissues surrounding the root of the tooth.

Root canal treatment

Root canal treatment involves the removal of the dental pulp tissue after it becomes inflamed or infected as a result of bacteria entering the tooth. The root canals are then shaped, disinfected and filled and the tooth is restored with a filling, onlay or crown, to provide a seal against recontamination.

The treatment is carried out under rubber dam (a rubber sheet, which is stretched over the tooth in order to keep the area clean) and is usually completed over a number of appointments.

The alternative treatment option is to have the tooth extracted.