Endodontics

Root canal treatment

Endodontic treatment or root canal therapy is undertaken to preserve a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. You may have been advised by your dentist that you require a root filling or re-treatment. Usually you will have been referred by your general dentist, although some patients do seek advice of their own accord.

BPI dental offers a friendly, sympathetic environment so that you will feel confident and relaxed when you attend for treatment. Our professional and welcoming staff are always available to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Quality of care is paramount and we maintain the highest standards to offer the most appropriate level of dental care.

Initial consultation begins with an clinical assessment, including any appropriate digital x-rays, a diagnosis and costs involved. The clinician will then give you your treatment options and possible outcomes. This will also give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and help you decide how you wish to proceed.

Usually this is followed by another visit to complete the endodontic treatment. Occasionally extra visits may be required for more complex or demanding cases. Once the treatment is completed we will return you to your own dentist for continuing dental care with a report of the treatment we have undertaken.

Endodontic Microscope

WHAT IS ENDODONTICS?

Endodontics or root canal treatment deals with diseases of the dental pulp and its supporting structures. Endodontic treatment is a cost–effective way to preserve a tooth in function since the only alternative to endodontics is extraction. Replacement of an extracted tooth is costly both in terms of time and finances. Although general dentists can perform endodontic treatment, patients are often referred to an endodontist when the case is complicated or more difficult than usual

WHO IS AN ENDODONTIST?

An Endodontist is a dentist who has undergone extra postgraduate training in root canal procedures. Endodontists treat teeth with diseases of the dental pulp and supporting structures. Your general dentist may refer complex cases or those requiring specialised equipment for consultation.

A consultation will allow the patient to identify the reason for endodontic treatment, the procedure involved and what is required to assure the most optimal outcome. The patient can also clarify any questions related to the procedure.

WHY WOULD I NEED ENDODONTIC TREATMENT?

Endodontic treatment or Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The most common reasons for inflammation or infection are deep cavities (caries), repeated dental procedures, cracks or chips. Trauma can also cause inflammation and often shows up as discoloration of the tooth. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

HOW CAN ENDODONTICS HELP ME?

The Endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the canal system and then seals the prepared space.

HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT TAKE?

Following consultation the treatment is now performed in a single visit ranging from 1-2 hours (depending on the number of canals). Occasionally more visits may be required for more complicated cases.

WILL THE TREATMENT HURT?

Modern anaesthetic techniques allow us to deliver painless treatment .We will numb the part of the mouth which is being treated. The feeling of numbness usually subsides a few hours after the end of your treatment.

WHAT SPECIAL EQUIPMENT IS USED?

At BPI we have state of the art technology incorporating digital x-rays , latest obturation equipment and routine use of surgical operating microscope for endodontics. This coupled with the latest contemporaneous techniques allow us to deliver the most predictable result for the patient.

Basic Endodontic Procedure

Stage (1)

Dental decay caused by bacteria has created a hole a tooth.This hole has reached the pulp and caused an infection leading to pain and abcess formation. The options here are endodontic/root canal treatment or an extraction.

Stage (2)

After removal of the decay in the tooth , the necrotic/dead pulp is removed and the root canals are thoroughly cleansed with single use files/instruments. The pain will subside and abscess will now go.

Stage (3)

The cleansed pulp and root canals are now filled with substitute rubber material called gutta percha.

Stage (4)

For a good long term result, in some cases there is need for a full crown to protect the tooth.

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