Root Canal Treatment (Endodontics)

Dickon says ‘Most dentists hate doing root canal treatment because it is hard to do well and is particularly intricate’. I was not a great fan either in my early years as a qualified dentist.  I attended various postgraduate courses to develop my skills. Good root canal treatment is the foundation of much dentistry.  Without being able to carry it out efficiently and to a high standard, other treatment can be compromised. I am now happy that I can provide the best treatment and can be confident that the foundations will last many years.

Dickon has taken referrals for root canal treatment from local dentists for the last seven years. Any dentists wishing to refer their patients can do so by sending an email from the contact page.

 

Why is root canal treatment necessary?

If the nerve of a tooth becomes damaged then it will lose it’s blood supply and die.  This occurs most often if it has a large cavity or previous filling.  Bacteria infect the nerve which may cause severe toothache.

Sometimes the nerve dies without causing any pain.  It can stay like this for years until, and then, for some reason, the bacteria become very active and cause an abscess.

In both cases the bacteria need to be removed to stop them continuing to cause problems.  This is achieved by thoroughly cleaning the channels that run down the roots of the tooth where the nerve is.  You can see the empty space on the picture of a tooth.  Once this is cleaned, all the way down the tooth, it is filled.  This prevents bacteria getting down the root again and causing any problems.  If not carried out well, bacteria remain in the tooth and can cause further abscesses.  The canals can be very fine and curved, making them difficult to clean fully.  It is this difficulty that makes it a procedure that many dentists shy away from, especially on back teeth.


How is root canal treatment carried out?

If you would like to know more about the process just click on the link to the British Endodontic Society website