Your endodontic treatment

Following a thorough consultation, including review of your radiographs, a tailored treatment plan is developed by our Specialists, which will outline the most appropriate course of treatment for your personal endodontic issue.

Endodontic microsurgery

Endodontic therapy may need to be performed surgically in selected cases if the inflammation or infection persists despite endodontic treatment and/or retreatment.  The small surgery is performed under local anaesthetic and utilises microsurgical techniques and is generally performed in a single appointment in the dental chair.

Endodontic treatment

Endodontic or root canal treatment involves removing the infected pulp tissue as well as further disinfecting the pulp space/root canals before sealing it with a biocompatible root-filling material.  This treatment is always performed under local anaesthetic and isolation with a rubber sheet/dam around the tooth being treated to ensure your comfort and safety.  Endodontic treatment is often a complex procedure and typically completed over 1-3 appointments.  Occasionally, patients experience discomfort following your endodontic appointment, however, over-the-counter medication is very effective in the relief of such pain.  Root canal treatment has a very high rate of healing and it is important that you return to your general dentist promptly following the completion for the permanent filling or construction of a crown.

Retreatment

As with any dental or medical procedure, there are instances where the tooth does not heal fully as expected due to persistent or new infection. Following removal of the previous root filling material, the aim of retreatment is to re-disinfect and fill the root canal space to allow for complete healing.  In some cases permanent fillings or crowns may need to be removed to complete treatment, which would necessitate you to return to your general dentist following the completion to replace with the appropriate filling/crown. As with endodontic treatment, retreatment generally has a high healing rate, however, this tends to be a more complex procedure and the prognosis of each individual case may be affected by the any complications from the initial treatment.