What is endodontic treatment?
To understand endodontic
treatment, it helps to know something about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains
blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue and creates the surrounding hard tissues of the tooth during development.
The pulp extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the roots where it connects
to the tissues surrounding the root. The pulp is important during a tooth’s growth and development. However, once a tooth is fully mature it can survive without the pulp, because the tooth continues
to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
Why would I need an endodontic procedure?
Endodontic treatment is necessary
when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or
a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks.
Will I feel pain during or after the procedure?
Many endodontic procedures are
performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection. With modern techniques and anaesthetics, most patients report that they are comfortable during the
For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if
there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications.
Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time
after your endodontic treatment is completed.
Can all teeth be treated endodontically?
Most teeth can be treated.
Occasionally, a tooth can’t be saved because the root canals are not accessible, the root is severely fractured, the tooth doesn’t have adequate bone support, or the tooth cannot be