Endodontics (Root Canals)
Endodontics refers to dentistry which focuses on the inside of the tooth. Not many people give much thought to the inside of a tooth, what goes into its care or what it even consists of.
On the inside of a tooth, underneath the layer of enamel and a harder layer called dentin is a pulp. This pulp is soft and contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue, which creates the hard tissues of the tooth during tooth development.
The pulp is found from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the roots, where it connects to tissues around the root. The pulp is important during the development of teeth but is not needed when they are fully mature as they can survive on the nutrients provided by other tissues.
However, this pulp can still become infected due to decay or damage done to the tooth by a chip or fracture and cause severe pain. This is normally when a dentist will suggest a root canal.
This process aims to remove the infected pulp, clean and shape the root canal area, and finally fill and seal off the hollow canel to prevent any further decay and to restore the functionality of the tooth.
On the occasion that your existing tooth does not have the sufficient structural integrity, a post may also be inserted in the canal for added stability. Due to modern anesthesia and equipment, today’s root canal procedures are not as uncomfortable as they used to be. The tooth my feel sensitive after the surgery and might feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time but medications can be prescribed to lessen the discomfort.
Our dentists realise that most patients have some dental anxiety, and therefore, look only to make sure your comfort and ease is of the utmost importance during such a procedure as a root canal.