What is endodontic treatment?

Endodontic treatment is an immediate and final solution to deal with pain caused by inflammation of the chamber nerve. Contact the Bindi Specialist Dental Clinic and keep your natural teeth. We will rid you of the pain and keep your smile intact.

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Endodontic treatment, known as devitalisation, involves removing the dental pulp. We clean the pulp chamber and root canals under local anaesthesia. The root canals are then sealed with thermoplastic gutta-percha to reduce the bacterial load. Intracanal fibreglass posts are then positioned to reinforce the residual tooth structure.

cavity from a tooth

When and why it is necessary:

When restorative treatment fails to guarantee the health of a tooth in cases of acute, chronic and irreversible pulpitis. It is used as a palliative treatment for pain as well as for prevention.

Most endodontic treatments are carried out when decay extends to the nerve, causing acute pain. They are also needed in cases of chronic pulpitis, i.e. pulp necrosis, which is sometimes completely asymptomatic. Sometimes a small lesion known as a fistula arises in the tooth or gum.

Is the treatment painful?

It is painless because it is carried out under local anaesthetic. You will feel no pain. Once the anaesthesia has worn off, you may occasionally feel a slight sensation of localised discomfort that disappears after a few days. Analgesics and anti-inflammatories are prescribed to prevent this type of discomfort.

Long-term consequences

A devitalised tooth is weakened and may fracture in the medium or long term. A large portion of the tooth structure will inevitably be lost in order to remove tooth decay. For these reasons, it is advisable to position a porcelain crown to strengthen the tooth and keep it intact for as long as possible.