Root Canal Treatment – Endodontics
The pulp is the soft, inner core of the tooth that consists of the blood and nerve supply and connective tissue. The pulp becomes infected through decay or injury. The most common cause of root canal treatment is a cracked tooth or a deep cavity, both of which can let bacteria enter the pulp.
If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth which may eventually lead to an abscess. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the infection will build up at the root tip, and spread into the jawbone, forming an abscess usually resulting in pain and swelling. Without treatment, your tooth may have to be removed. The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection.
Root canal treatment will usually involve two or more visits to your dentist. At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling using thin files. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle. The tooth is checked at a later visit usually after 2weeks and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.
About 90% of root canals are successful and the pain does not return. However, sometimes a root canal needs to be redone or the tooth extracted.
At Boyne Dental, Dr. Brian Vaughan provides RCT under microscope allowing him significantly enhanced vision of the entire tooth structure. This in turn increases the likelihood of a successful treatment. There are less than a handful of these microscopes on the island of Ireland! Brian has a special interest in the provision of endodontic treatments (RCTs), with other dentists referring their patients to him for treatment at Boyne Dental. He is also proficient in the re-treatment of previously root treated teeth.