Endodontics is the specialist area of dentistry that deals with infected or inflamed pulp, or nerve tissue contained inside the root canals of a tooth. Endodontic treatment, or root canal treatment is one of the most common dental procedures performed. This treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants, or bridges. Endodontic treatment involves removing the infected pulp from the root canal (or canals) of your tooth, cleaning and shaping the root canals then filling the disinfected space with a biocompatible material to prevent re-infection. After completion of endodontic treatment you will have a temporary filling placed in the access cavity of your tooth, or alternatively, a permanent core filling that will serve as the base for a crown.
An endodontist is a dentist that has had specialised postgraduate training to perform endodontic procedures. Endodontists are trained to carry out root canal therapy, root canal re-treatment and micro surgical treatment to the root tip/s of endodontically treated teeth. Patients are often referred to endodontists when treatment is too complex for your general dentist, for varied reasons.
We use specialised equipment and materials, including operating microscopes, advanced three-dimensional imaging, fibre optic illumination and nickel titanium instruments. Referral to an endodontist can also be made for diagnosis as to the source of complicated pain symptoms.