Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that aims to treat diseases that affect the dental pulp. Dental pulp is a sensitive soft tissue in the center of the tooth in the root canal system, mainly composed of nerves and blood vessels.
What is root canal treatment?
It is a type of endodontic treatment that aims to prevent or treat diseases in the tissue surrounding the tooth when the dental pulp is inflamed or necrotic.
A small hole is drilled in the middle of the tooth, which enables the removal of pulp and disinfection of the root canal system. The root canal system is then filled to prevent re-infection.
Why is this necessary?
When dental pulp becomes inflamed or dies it can cause pain and swelling. Without treatment, the infection could progress, even in the absence of pain, which may lead to the need to remove such a tooth.
Root canal treatment will help retain teeth, preserve your appearance, allow you to chew comfortably and help maintain adjacent teeth.
What is the alternative to root canal treatment?
An alternative is to have the tooth extracted and later replaced with an implant or to bridge the empty space with crowns.
What can I expect on my first visit?
Your first visit will be a consultation. You will discuss the treatment suggested by your dentist before your endodontist thoroughly examines the affected area and explains the options available.
How much will it cost?
Root canal treatment and restoration of your natural tooth can be cheaper than tooth extraction and replacement with a denture, bridge or implant.
The exact price will vary depending on the nature of the problem and the affected tooth.
What happens after root canal treatment?
After the root canal treatment is completed, the healed tooth needs to be filled or protected with a metal-ceramic or ceramic crown. We definitely recommend to our patients that the tooth that has been treated be protected with one of the crowns, because such a protected tooth will last much longer with a tooth protected with a filling.