Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment)

Sometimes the Dental Pulp (the soft tissue containing blood vessels and nerves within the tooth) becomes inflamed due to dental decay or tooth fracture. This can cause dental pain and abscess formation.  Root Canal Treatment is the process by which the Dental Pulp is removed from the tooth.  The canal(s) which contained the dental pulp are cleaned, medicated, then filled.

It is relatively common for endodontic files to be sterilised and re used between patients. At Aspendale Gardens Dental Group each patient is treated using a completely new set of endodontic files.

The number of visits needed to complete root canal treatment will depend on the number of canals within the tooth and the complexity of the treatment.  Root canal treatment is usually completed in 2 to 3 visits.

A tooth that has had root canal treatment will generally require a complex restoration or a crown. This is due to the fact that teeth that have undergone root canal treatment can be more prone to fracture.  Failure to restore a tooth correctly after root canal treatment can lead to tooth fracture and eventual loss of the tooth.