An Endodontist is a dentist who specialises in the treatment of the dental pulp and root canal treatments. If a bacterial infection in your tooth pulp is left untreated by an endodontist it can spread throughout the root canal system of the tooth, which may ultimately result in destruction of the surrounding jaw bone. Very often this is presented as a painful abscess or, in extreme cases, a facial swelling.
Depending on which tooth is affected, there will be a different number of root canals – the pulp filled cavity inside the tooth. Whilst root canal treatments generally take between one to three visits, our specialist endodontist can normally complete the treatment in one single visit. The root canal treatment from your endodontist involves cleaning out and removing the infected pulp without damaging the root of your tooth.
Following the root canal treatment a filling material is placed to provide a seal against any further re-infection and a crown may be needed to restore the strength and appearance of tooth depending on how much damage the infection caused. Normally a tooth can continue to function many years after root canal has been performed.