Endodontics is the branch of dentistry involved in treating nerves in teeth. Unfortunately, deep decay or trauma may result in a nerve dying in a tooth. This is often a painful experience, but occasionally nerves will die quite slowly and quietly without pain. When a tooth has a dead nerve, eventually an abscess will develop on the tooth. A dental abscess is an infection that is usually located on the root tip. This infection is usually very painful and as the infection spreads, can cause significant swelling.
There are only two alternatives when an abscess develops; either extract the tooth or preserve the tooth by placing a root canal filling. With modern techniques, root canal treatments are generally not uncomfortable. The exception to this is when a person puts off attending the dentist until they have an extremely painful tooth which may be difficult to get numb and treat easily.
Root treatments involve the removal of the dead nerve and cleaning of the root canals. The tooth then has a filling placed in the root canal to seal the tooth and prevent further infections. Often root treated back teeth will require crowns to strengthen them following a root treatment.
Geelong Dental Care is very experienced in Endodontics and can provide root treatments in the majority of cases. Occasionally, the dentist may suggest a referral to a specialist endodontist if they believe that root canal system is especially complicated or difficult to access.