Endodontic treatment enables retention of a tooth and is a completely safe procedure. Using a cutting-edge microscope with a remarkable optic performance that magnifies images by up to 30 times, the dentist will ensure high quality diagnosis and treatment.
The excellent quality of the image allows our specialist in endodontics to visualise the finest details. It is efficient in spotting hidden canals and helps to clean the root canals, identify foreign bodies, perforations, inflammation and gingival disease.
The success rate of endodontic treatment is up to 95% higher with the help of the microscope in comparison to standard endodontic treatment.
When do I need an endodontic treatment?
Dental decay, repeated dental treatments or trauma can affect the dental pulp, leading to irreversible inflammation. This is called pulpitis and can later lead to its death when a condition called pulp necrosis appears. These dental problems can cause significant pain, which intensify if not treated. In the case of pulp necrosis, even if there is no pain, the bacterial infection can still extend to the tissues surrounding the tooth and the bone, causing an abscess.
Dental infection can also appear in case of incorrect dental treatments, where the removal of the pulp and the root canal filling were not performed properly. In such cases, the tissue and bone surrounding the tooth can become inflammed – apical periodontitis – which is characterised by pain, gingival inflammation and, in severe cases, a dental abscess.
Why an endodontist?
Even if the general dentist can perform treatments in optimal conditions, there are difficult cases which can be solved only by a dentist with extensive experience in endodontics. The specialist has the necessary training and technique to carry out an effective endodontic treatment with predictable results, such as the dental microscope and specific instrumentation for modern edodontic treatments.
What endodontic treatments entail and how long do they take?
Depending on the tooth and the difficulty of the treatment, the procedure can take between 1.5 and 2.5 hours. Even though one session is enough in most cases, there are times when two or more intermediary sessions are required, during which the evolution of the disease will be monitored.
The treatment begins with a dental anaesthesia, then the tooth is isolated with a special rubber dam and the damaged / infected roots are identified. After removing the dental pulp, the remaining space is filled with a material called guta percha, which provides the three-dimensional sealing of the root. Finally, the tooth reconstruction is completed with root canal posts (glass fibre posts or fibre posts). Later, depending on the situation, the final aesthetic outcome is finalised by placing a natural looking filling or crown.
What happens after root canal treatment?
The length of the treatment as well as the pre-existing dental pathology can generate pain in the jaw bone and tooth, which can last a few days. This pain can be easily managed with medication prescribed by the endodontist and it is not a sign of a negative prognosis or failed treatment.