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Endodontic Treatment

What is endodontic treatment?

Endodontic treatment is the treatment of the inside of a tooth which is indicated when the pulp – the soft tissue inside the root canal – becomes inflamed or infected. This procedure is also referred to as root canal treatment. Untreated, pulp inflammation or infection can cause severe pain and lead to an abscess.

When is endodontic treatment necessary?

When there is pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness in the lymph nodes, jaw or gums – or it can be asymptomatic and picked up by your dentist during a check-up.

What does it involve?

The dentist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the canal, a channel inside the root, then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, a crown is placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure.

What about cost?

Root canal treatment is a specialised treatment that can save your natural teeth. Endodontic treatment and restoration of the natural tooth are less expensive than having the tooth extracted, because extracted teeth must be replaced with a bridge or implant to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.

Will the tooth need any special care after endodontic treatment?

You should take care not to chew or bite on the treated tooth until it is restored by your dentist, because it is susceptible to fracture, so you should return to your dentist for a full restoration as soon as possible. Thereafter, you need only practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and regular checkups and cleanings.

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