What is Endodontics?
Endodontics is the specialist field of dentistry concerned with the dental pulp. The dental pulp is the name given to the soft tissue within the tooth. It consists mainly of blood vessels, tissue fibres and some nerves.
Endodontic treatment is required when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The most common cause of pulp damage is tooth decay, which allows bacteria to reach the pulp. Other causes of pulp damage include traumatic blows to the teeth, loose fillings, excessive wear, cracked teeth, gum disease and resorption, all of which can lead to pulp infection. Products of pulp infection may spread through the end of the root into the surrounding bone and cause an abscess.
For more detailed information on Endodontics and Root Canal Treatment please follow this link to the Australian Society Of Endodontolgy (ASE).
Endodontic treatment includes:
- pain diagnosis
- root canal treatment
- root canal retreatment (removal of an existing root filling in a tooth where infection has recurred)
- periapical surgery
- management of traumatised teeth
- management of teeth with resorption
The First Visit:
A referral to see us is not essential; however, if you have been referred by your dentist, it is preferable that your referral letter (with relevant X-rays) be provided to us before your first appointment. This enables us to schedule the appropriate appointment time. Your first appointment may be either a consultation only (30 mins approx.) or a consultation and treatment (60 mins or more)
The Consultation will involve:
- discussion about your chief concerns and your understanding of why you have been referred to us
- discussion concerning any relevant medical history
- a thorough clinical examination of the tooth/teeth and surrounding tissues
- assessment of your X-rays
- formulation of a diagnosis and treatment plan
- further discussion concerning the nature of root canal treatment, including:
- the chances of success of the treatment,
- risks involved, (what can go wrong)
- number of appointments required,
- cost of treatment,
- follow up treatment
- the alternatives to root canal treatment
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.
If you have an emergency please contact the surgery.